When the_ Akron Beacon-Journal_ first reported on the mic cut during a keynote address by retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter during Memorial Day ceremonies at American Legion Lee-Bishop Post 464 in Hudson, Ohio, all eyes in the veteran community focused on the small town just south-east of Cleveland. Media outlets large and small picked up on the story of post officials who turned off the mic as Kempter made reference to the role a group of freed Black slaves in Charleston, S.C., played in the origins of Memorial Day observances.
Team Tango takes breaks down exactly what happened, what went wrong and what was done right, and shares an excerpt of the muted portion of Kemter's address.
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