H.K. Edgerton is a former NAACP chapter president who considers himself both a dyed-in-the-wool southerner and a staunch supporter of the Confederate flag.Former Civil Rights Leader Defends Flying Confederate Flag in Lexington

The former civil rights activist is set to speak tonight in support of the Son’s of Confederate Veterans in Lexington, Virginia. He has agreed to speak because he wants to ensure Confederate flags will be allowed to fly on Lexington city poles.

Lexington outlawed the display of anything other than state or federal flags on city poles after outrage this past January when Confederate Flags were raised to celebrate Lee Jackson day.

Despite the fact that he is the former Asheville, North Carolina NAACP president, Edgerton argues that the flag is not a symbol of hatred, but rather represents the South and Christianity. Other, negative uses of the flag are the result of it being “hijacked,” according to Edgerton.

Today is certainly not Edgerton’s first foray into Confederate flag advocacy. A few years ago he marched in South Carolina in support of flying the flag at the state capital, Columbia.

He has been associated with a number of activist groups, including “Southern Heritage 411,” which has brought him scrutiny from the Southern Poverty Law Center in the past.

In defense of his past activism supporting the Confederate flag and his planned appearances today in Lexington, Edgerton said to WSLS-10 News:

“What is it that you people keep trying to make our flag out to be, this evil thing, this evil symbol, this evil presence.”

Watch the video of Edgerton’s full-throated defense of the confederate flag here, courtesy of WSLS 10 News: