Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sonny Scroggins

Sonny is a community activist here in Topeka KS. I have his permission to post his activist agendas. The following is the emails received from my Christian friend, Sonny:

YES!myron holter wrote:
Hi sonny ...

did you want me to make you a web page for you?

In Christ,

Myron D. Holter5112 SW 33rd STTopeka KS 66614785-272-4986 (home)785-220-2040 (cell)visit us online

----- Original Message -----
From: Sonny Scroggins
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:00 AM
Subject: 2008 Kansas Fever Committee Celebration of the Buffalo Soldier's Courage, Valor, and Honor : 140th Annivesary Kansas State Capitol, Sept. 17@11:00am
Kansas Fever Committee

Press Release

To: All Media Outlets

Subject: Celebration of the 140th Anniversary Battle of Arikaree Heroes

From: Kansas Fever Committee/Exoduster Awareness/Votaw Colony Museum

Topeka, KS……………… Wednesday September 17, 2008 @ 11: a.m. Kansas State Capitol. Program to celebrate the 140th Anniversary of the Battle of Arikaree and the courage, valor and honor of the Buffalo Soldiers. A portrait of the Buffalo Soldiers, painted in 1994 by Kansas’s artist George Mayfield will be on display during the program.

Sen. James H. Lane began organizing the First Kansas Colored in August 1862. They fought in several Civil War battles, including the Battle of Honey Springs on July 17, 1863. Towards the end of the Civil War, the First Kansas Colored soldiers disbanded and some joined the ranks of the Buffalo Soldiers (Rough Riders). According to Scroggins, the First Kansas Colored fought the battle just outside the back door of his childhood home in Chectoah Oklahoma. Beginning in 1996, Scroggins has reenacted the role of James Whitfield Ross, a First Kansas Colored soldier, and other Civil War Figures. He even represented the First Kansas Colored as a flag bearer at a 1998-dedication ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. That same year, state legislators passed a resolution endorsing the idea of a mural of the First Kansas Colored at the Capitol. In 2010, the First Kansas Colored mural will be added to the walls of the State Capitol.

Kansas Statue regarding the Mural for the 1st Kansas Colored:
75-2264. Plans for mural in the capitol honoring the 1st Kansas (Colored) Voluntary Infantry regiment. (a) The Kansas state historical society and the department of administration shall develop plans to place a mural in the capitol honoring the 1st Kansas (Colored) Voluntary Infantry regiment. Such plans shall be developed in consultation with the joint committee on arts and cultural resources. (b) On or before January 1, 2002, the plans developed pursuant to subsection (a) shall be submitted to the joint committee on arts and cultural resources. History: L. 2000, ch. 110, § 4; July 1.

Participants on the 2008 program are: Mistress of Ceremony Juanita Jackson, Pastor of the New Level Outreach Ministry of Kansas City Missouri; Greetings by Sonny Scroggins; Welcome by Kevin Scroggins; Keynote Speaker Pastor Joseph Strickland of Mission Church in Kansas City, Kansas; The Honorable Kansas Senator Derek Schmidt; The Honorable Sergeant Majors Steve Rodina and Debbie Carlson; the Kansas National Color Guard; Kansas State Architect Barry Greis, Civil War Soldier James Whitfield Ross’ descendant, Mary Brooks, a Topeka Educator and 8th Season American Idol Tryout Raneshia Briggs of Kansas City, MO will sing.

Announcements include: Major Kansas Exoduster Migration (1879-2009) Commemorative Film by Filmmakers Stinson McClendon and Joseph Strickland in honor of 130th anniversary, 8/1879-8/2009 Exoduster Movement; National Homeless & Low Income Voter Registration Week on September 21-27, 2008, and the celebration of the late Grant Cushinberry’s 87th Birthday Party in Cushinberry on Oct. 24, 2008 at 5:00pm.

For more information contact Sonny Scroggins @ 785-232-3761; 845-6148;

I Challenge my Generation to Inspire Future Generations.

Yours in Christ, Sonny Scroggins

I Challenge my Generation to Inspire Future Generations.

Yours in Christ, Sonny Scroggins


Blogger biasbustersofkansas said...

Bias Busters of Kansas Action Statement

Setting the Record Straight

Oct. 23, 2008, Noon

"Molly Brown, the Teacher"

Williams Science and Fine Arts Magnet School, 1301 S.E. Monroe

Topeka, Kansas......Due to some misleading statements in today’s media, and over the blogs and talk shows: For the record, Bias Busters of Kansas agrees with Blake West, President of the Kansas National Education Association, who said "Many policies don't ban political buttons or clothing for teachers unless the items are disruptive."

Bias Busters of Kansas is protesting to encourage USD 501 School District to revisit its policies, and make sure Americans rights are not overly restrictive. Our next Noon protest will at Lowan Hill Elementary School, 1101 E. 11th Street on 10-27-08

Per a conversation with "Molly the Teacher" and others who wore an Obama T-shirt, explained that the wearing of the shirt was an expression of pride, a celebration of Black History and not a political statement.

Bias Busters of Kansas asked someone who was heavily involved in the evolution of the National/International Black History Month Founder's Observance Commission for his opinion on whether this is a 1st Amendment violation issue?

Bias Busters has received information from other teachers over the past several months of similar disapproving behavior displayed by schools in the District. Molly the Teacher and others need some civil rights relief and uniform T-shirt/dress code regulations to handle situations such as this when they arise.

The group will target other schools in the district in the coming weeks (the home of Brown) until a workable solution has been developed for people who wear likenesses of Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, yet does not make a political statement or influence people in the school system to vote one way or another. More protest at schools across the district are being planned

For more information contact Sonny Scroggins, 785.232.3761, 845.6148,

I Challenge my Generation to Inspire Future Generations.

Yours in Christ, Sonny Scroggins

October 23, 2008 at 5:05 PM  

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