H. K. Edgerton

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H. K. Edgerton is an African-American activist for Southern heritage and an African-American member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He often is given a prominent place at rallies for the Confederate flag. A former president of the Asheville, North Carolina chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), he is on the board of the Southern Legal Resource Center.

H.K. Edgerton reciting a passionate Civil War poem during a Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy dinner in Tampa, Florida.

Early life and education[edit]

Edgerton was born, February 18, 1948, in North Carolina.

Political activist[edit]

At one time, Edgerton worked for improving racial issues through the Asheville chapter of the NAACP, where he was elected as president. More recently, he has been an activist in support of Confederate heritage and has attended rallies supporting display of the Confederate flag. He has been accused by some groups of "Neo-confederate revisionism".[citation needed]

By 2000, Edgerton was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Southern Legal Resource Center, headed by Kirk Lyons, who has defended Confederates in court.[1] In a 2000 interview, Skip Alston, Executive Director of the North Carolina NAACP had questions about Edgerton's stand. Alston said that he had been considered "a true activist standing for what is right. I've often wondered what could cause him to do such things."

In 2009, Edgerton threatened a lawsuit regarding newly elected Asheville City Council Member Cecil Bothwell, on the basis that Bothwell's atheism rendered him ineligible to serve in North Carolina public office.[2] The Supreme Court has already held invalid religious affirmations required for public office, and the United States Constitution states in the last clause of Article VI that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

In events to publicize his positions, Edgerton has made solo walks: in 2002 from North Carolina to Texas to build awareness of Southern heritage;[3] and in January 2009, when he walked from North Carolina to Washington, DC seeking "official U.S. government recognition of the Confederate battle flag as a symbol of Southern heritage" from the new administration.[4] He perceived by some as being unusual as an African-American member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which features him at events.[4]

Media appearances[edit]

In May 2006 Edgerton advanced his theories about reparations on Penn and Teller's show Bullshit!.[5]


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