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Valdosta State University 2015 Flag Protests [Electronic records]

 Record Group — Electronic Record:
Collection number: UA-22-53
Demonstrators wave American flags at Valdosta State University. NBC News.

Scope and Contents

Valdosta State University, Flag Protests, April 2015. Electronic records collection. Downloaded from the web for preservation. Includes newspaper articles, official statements, videos, and photographs about the events.


  1. ua22-53-f1-001: McKinney, William J. "Statement Regarding April 17 Protest," Valdosta State University, April 18, 2015.
  2. ua22-53-f1-002: Student Government Association (Valdosta State University). "Resolution #15-08: SGA Resolution Responding to Flag Protest on Campus, April 17, 2015," April 20, 2015.
  3. ua22-53-f1-003: McKinney, William J. "Letter to the Campus Community," Valdosta State University, April 21, 2015.
  4. ua22-53-f1-004: McKinney, William J., "President William J. McKinney Calls for Day of Reaffirmation," Valdosta State University Newsroom, April 21, 2015.
  5. ua22-53-f1-005: McKinney, William J., "VSU Suspends Normal Business Operations for Friday, April 24," Valdosta State University Newsroom, April 23, 2015.
  6. ua22-53-f1-006: Valdosta State University. "Father of Eric Sheppard Issues Plea For Son To Turn Himself In To Authorities," Valdosta State University Newsroom, April 22, 2015.
  7. ua22-53-f1-007: Valdosta State University. "Campus Alert - Suspect Wanted," Valdosta State University Newsroom, April 22, 2015
  8. ua22-53-f2-001: Harris, Zenobia. "Veteran detained after trying to stop campus protesters from walking on American flag," The Spectator, April 19, 2015.
  9. ua22-53-f2-002a: Barela, Jordan. "Two protests unite under common flag: Students, veterans and Valdosta citizens come to campus to support their cause," The Spectator, April 20, 2015.
  10. ua22-53-f2-002b: The Spectator. (April 20, 2015). [ValdostaSpectator]. Coverage of the April 20th Protest at VSU [Video]. YouTube. Retrieved 4 August 2022, from Video Caption: Students, staff, veterans, and others come together to support the American Flag and equality.
  11. ua22-53-f2-003: Edwards, Cole. "Follow-up rally expected on Friday," The Spectator, April 23, 2015.
  12. ua22-53-f2-004a: Stephen, John. "American flag supporters rally around campus, remain peaceful," The Spectator, April 24, 2015.
  13. ua22-53-f2-004b: ValdostaSpectator. VSU Press Conference on April 24, 2015. YouTube. Video caption: Valdosta State University's President and a few law enforcement officials talk about the flag rally that took place around the campus on April 24.
  14. ua22-53-f2-005: Kesselring, Kenzie. "Protestor being sought by police; parents issue plea," The Spectator, April 23,2015.
  15. ua22-53-f2-006: Edwards, Cole. (April 30, 2015). Still Wanted: Support group for wanted protestor plans to raise thousands of dollars. The Spectator, April 30, 2015
  16. ua22-53-f2-007: Kesselring, Kenzie. "Breaking: Eric Sheppard arrested," The Spectator, May 28, 2015.
  17. ua22-53-f2-008: Leung, Michaela. "Eric Sheppard violates probation, in custody," The Spectator, January 9, 2017
  18. ua22-53-f3-001: Mathews, Noelani. WCTV. Valdosta State American Flag Rally [Video], April 20, 2015. Noelani Mathews. YouTube. June 1, 2015.. Video Caption: 4-20-15: Hundreds of VSU students, alumni, and residents gather on the University's campus for peace and chang
  19. ua22-53-f3-002: CNN.[HLN]. (April 20, 2015). Former Playboy model scuffles with police [Video]. YouTube. Retrieved August 5, 2022 from Video Caption: A former Playboy model who left the U.S. Air Force after posing for the adult magazine in 2007 was detained at Valdosta State University in Georgia this weekend. Michelle Manhart took an American flag away from some students who were trampling on it as part of a protest. Take a look at her arrest as her daughter captured it on cell phone video. Do you think she had a right to take the flag away?
  20. ua22-53-f3-003: WCTV Eyewitness News. [Winnie Wright]. (May 27, 2015). American Flag Appreciation Rally [Video]. YouTube. Retrieved August 5, 2022 from Video Caption: American Flag Appreciation Rally at Valdosta State University
  21. ua22-53-f3-004: Adgie, Joe. "Valdosta State SGA passes pro-flag, pro-military resolutions: President McKinney calls for Day of Reaffirmation," Valdosta Daily Times, April 22, 2015.
  22. ua22-53-f3-005: Adgie, Joe. "VSU: Rally means no classes today," Valdosta Daily Times, April 24, 2015.
  23. ua22-53-f3-006a: CBS News. Georgia university cancels classes amid uproar over American flag protest. (2015).
  24. ua22-53-f3-006b: CBS News. [CBS News]. (April 24, 2015). Georgia university cancels classes after flag stomping causes protest [Video]. YouTube. Retrieved August 5, 2022 from Video Caption: After an American flag was stomped on during a recent protest, Valdosta State in Georgia has canceled classes. CBSN's David Begnaud and Anne-Marie Green discuss the campus unrest.
  25. ua22-53-f3-007: American Flag Protest Shuts Down Valdosta State University: A Georgia university shut down on Friday for a demonstration after a video of protesters trampling an American flag went viral. NBC News, April 24, 2015.
  26. ua22-53-f3-008: Air Force Times. "Georgia university cancels classes in flap over flag protest," The Associated Press, April 24, 2015.
  27. ua22-53-f3-009: WSB-TV Channel Two Atlanta. "Hundreds attend rally at Valdosta State University," April 25, 2015.
  28. ua22-53-f3-010a: Fox 5 Atlanta. (April 24, 2015). Police on Valdosta State American Flag rally [Video]. YouTube.. Video Caption: Law enforcement talks about the American Flag rally at Valdosta State University.
  29. ua22-53-f3-010b: Fox 5 Atlanta. (April 24, 2015). Valdosta State American Flag rally [Video]. YouTube.. Video Caption: Live video from the Valdosta State University campus where a rally is being held for the American Flag.
  30. ua22-53-f4-001: "Disrespect of the American Flag," Dustin Crossmanhart. YouTube. April 18, 2015.. Original viral video (2.23 million views, August 2022).
  31. ua22-53-f4-002: Huff, Lori. (April 24, 2015). [Lori Huff]. God Bless the USA-Flags Over VSU [Video]. YouTube. Retrieved August 5, 2022 from Video Caption: Protest at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. Proudly flying the American Flag Supporting American Veterans and showing our Respect for the American Flag.

Subjects: College presidents; Electronic records; Flags--Desecration; Flags--Political aspects; Flags; Manhart, Michelle; Sheppard, Eric; Student government; Student protesters; Valdosta State University;


  • April 2015


6.66 Gigabytes (6.66 GB (7,152,585,699 bytes). 81 files, 50 folders.) : 11 video/mpg, 5.8 GB; 12 video/mp4, 775.3 MB; 11 image/jp2, image/jpg; 21 PDF files.




1. UA-22-53-F1: Valdosta State Press Releases 2. UA-22-53-F2: VSU Spectator Coverage 3. UA-22-53-F3: Media Coverage 4. UA-22-53-F4: Social Media



Finding Aid: 2015 Flag Protest at Valdosta State University [Electronic records]
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Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
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