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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: February 2006

Tuesday, February 28, 2006


School Board elects not to go to trial

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY -- Nearly two years after she was barred from her high school prom for wearing an evening dress patterend after a Confederate flag, Southern Legal Resource Center client Jacqueline Duty was vindicated as her former school board agreed to settle her lawsuit against it out of court.

The SLRC's local counsel in the case, Kentucky Attorney Earl Ray Neal, confirmed the settlement Tuesday, adding that the precise terms of the settlement, including the amount of damages awarded, will not be disclosed under under mutual agreement by attorneys for both sides. The case had been scheduled for trial in August, 2006.

"We know this comes as a tremendous boost for Jacqueline, especially at this time," said SLRC Executive Director Roger McCredie, who noted that Ms. Duty, now a college student, faces surgery tomorrow. "She couldn't ask for a better get-well card," he said.

Ms. Duty's case stemmed from events of May 1, 2004, when she was prevented from entering the senior dance at Russell High School wearing the red sequined ball gown she and her mother had worked on for two years. The dress featured a blue and white "half-X" diagonal stripe with stars, alluding to the basic design of the Confederate battle flag. School officials termed the dress "too contronversial." Following the incident, the Duty family contacted the SLRC, whose chief trial counsel, Kirk D. Lyons, together with Attorney Neal, had formed the winning legal team in another Kentucky case, Castorina v. Madison County Schools. That case overturned a school system's ban on Confederate-themed clothing.

Ms. Duty's case attracted international media attention and the school board's withdrawal is already being hailed as a highly significant and far reaching Southern heritage victory.

Settlement reached in Confederate prom dress suit

2nd Street becoming Martin Luther King Blvd.

2nd Street becoming Martin Luther King Blvd.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

April is Confederate History Month of Remembrance

Friday, February 24, 2006

The South shows its many colors

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ailing Confederate Museum Seeks Peer Review

Trump gives $25k for Biloxi restoration

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Mayor defends Bike Nite display of rebel flag as free expression

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Time To Hang My Confederate Flag

NASCAR faithful feeling the burn

Dismissing `Southeastern rednecks' raises ire

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Brunswick, GA Confederate Monument vandalism pictures

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Call To Remove Confederate Statue

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Owner: Confederate flag is about home, family

Greenfield history buff says billboard, flag are not meant to insult anyone

Friday, February 10, 2006

Leesburg's Scallywags

COMMENTARY: If NASCAR wants diversity, it must address atmosphere

Confederate flags have to go.
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Two faced Carter

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Protester: Actions at LSU send message

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Agreement reached on suspension for disrupting assembly

The students will return to Hickman High School today after an incident involving a rebel flag at school.
“Assemblies will continue to celebrate diversity,” Jeffers said. “We’ve moved on.”
(Translation: Diversity doesn't include your culture)

Confederate flag draws protest

Hingham Civil War buff takes it down to avoid trouble after someone lodges complaint
The Patriot Ledger, MA

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Black History Month & 'Civil War Memory' (Part 1)

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Rebel flag shakes up assembly

Friday, February 03, 2006

Colleges in South fight roots in desire to grow

They find themselves struggling to temper Confederate imagery, but not alienate alumni.

Rebel flag holds opposite meanings for many, but common denominator was hardship and loss

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Council 'decides' without a vote, no secret poll

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