In your article "Protestors urge Confederate group to move event held on MLK weekend" (Jan. 17), members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans were quoted as saying that they have been holding their commemoration of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on the third weekend in January for years — although they "were not sure when it began."
They only need to look at their own website to see that "since 1988, the Colonel Harry W. Gilmor Camp has planned and sponsored" the annual Lee-Jackson Ceremony in Wyman Park.
The website also states that the Lee-Jackson ceremony was first celebrated in 1987.
The Lee-Jackson monument in Wyman Park was dedicated in 1948. Whether the SCV held its first commemoration in 1987 or 1988, it's no coincidence that the ceremony began soon after the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. was first celebrated as a national holiday in 1986.
The SCV claims that slavery had nothing to do with the Civil War. It also claims the timing of its event had nothing to do with Reverend King's holiday. Is there a pattern here?
Ann C. Kehinde, Baltimore