(Daily Caller) News footage from 1989 has surfaced which shows Morris Dees, the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a civil rights organization that tracks hate groups, acknowledging that the Confederate flag was part of his southern heritage.

“This is my home. I love this area. The Confederate flag that’s flying over that capitol today is just as much a part of my heritage as Dr. [Martin Luther] King’s march down 6th Avenue,” Dees tells an interviewer during the Nov. 5, 1989, dedication ceremony of the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala.

Dees was on hand to dedicate the SPLC-sponsored memorial to the civil rights workers and other key civil rights figures who were murdered by white supremacists during the 1950s and 1960s.

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