The Sons of Confederate Veterans are celebrating the 150th anniversary of South Carolina’s secession from the Union and the start of the Civil War by holding a $100-a-ticket “Secession Ball”. The NAACP will publicly protest this event by holding a candlelight vigil followed by a Mass Meeting. The protest is themed “A Call for Unity: Don’t Celebrate Slavery and Terrorism”.
Click on the image above to get a full statement on the ball from the NAACP.
The Charleston Green Party will join the NAACP’s protest. Park at the Emanuel AME Church at 110 Calhoun Street – please arrive by at 4:15pm. The vigil will take place at 4:30pm at the Gaillard Auditorium. At 6pm there will be a march from the auditorium to the Morris Brown AME Church followed by a Mass Meeting which will include a discussion and excerpts of the film The Birth of a Nation.
Articles from SC and national media on the NAACP response to the Secession Ball:
- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/13/naacp-protest-secession-ball_n_795643.html (State article with discussion)
- The “Declaration of Immediate Causes” which was written up by the secession convention and leaves no doubt as to the central importance of slavery to secession, can be found here: http://www.teachingushistory.org/lessons/DecofImCauses.htm.
Now that the 12/20/2010 has come and gone you can read news reports on the ball and the NAACP’s protest here:
- http://www.postandcourier.com/photos/galleries/2010/dec/21/secession-gala/ (photos)
The last article contains this quote, about some of the antics our elected officials got up to at the event:
Those who arrived early got a close look at the actual Ordinance of Secession, and then nearly all of the 400 attendees settled in to watch a 90-minute play about the state’s secession convention.
Many of the performers were politicians — Sen. Glenn McConnell, state Rep. Chip Limehouse and Charleston City Councilman Tim Mallard among them. The dialogue was taken from records of the event, which meant that it closely resembled a legislative session, complete with parliamentary procedure.
Interestingly, the article goes on to say that the play did not ignore the issue of slavery. It must not have stressed the point, as plenty of attendees seem to have arrived with apologists’ mindset.
The protest looks to have been well attended.