NC activist to march with girl fighting Confederate apparel ban - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

NC activist to march with girl fighting Confederate apparel ban

(Latta-AP) May 22, 2006 - A 15-year-old high school sophomore and about a dozen supporters marched to Latta High School on Monday morning to protest the school's ban on wearing Confederate flag clothing.

Candice Hardwick wants to honor ancestors who fought in the Civil War.

Hardwick wore a Confederate belt buckle and button, which she removed before entering class today.

She was accompanied by H.K. Edgerton, a black former NAACP leader from North Carolina who is chairman of the Southern Legal Resource Center. Edgerton is known for dressing in Confederate gear and carrying the flag to emphasize what he says were the roles blacks played in voluntarily supporting the South in the Civil War.

His group filed a federal lawsuit in March to force Latta High School to let the girl wear the Confederate emblem.

Updated 10:41am by Bryce Mursch

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