JACKSON, Miss.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the Flag For All Mississippians Coalition applauded the student senate at the University of Mississippi for passing a resolution on Tuesday asking the university to stop flying the Mississippi state flag, which includes the Confederate battle emblem, on campus.
“We stand with and salute the courageous position taken by the Ole Miss student senate to stop the university from flying the state flag over its campus in the spirit of denouncing a Confederate symbol that stands for racial hatred and division,” said Sharon Brown of the Flag For All Mississippians Coalition. “The history of our nation’s social justice movements shows that young people have always been at the forefront of demanding change in their communities and in fighting for public and private institutions to live up to their ideals of fairness and equality. We are encouraged by the actions of these students on the Ole Miss campus and their desire to foster an atmosphere where students of all ethnicities and backgrounds feel welcome to learn and grow. As we work to build support among lawmakers and across the state for Initiative Measure #55, we are deeply encouraged by the students at Ole Miss as proof that the desire for a state flag that represents all Mississippians is shared by residents young and old.”
The Flag For All Mississippians Coalition, representing a diverse group of Mississippians, is sponsoring the Flag for All Mississippians Act (Initiative Measure #55) that will amend the Mississippi State Constitution and provide that: “The flag of the State of Mississippi shall not contain or include any reference to the Confederate army’s battle flag or to the Confederacy.” On Sunday, October 11th, the Coalition sponsored a march attended by over 200 civil rights advocates through downtown Jackson that ended with a rally on the State Capitol Building steps that featured speeches by civil rights legend Myrlie Evers-Williams, musician and activist David Banner, civil rights lawyer Chokwe Lumumba Jr., and South Carolina State Representative Jenny Horne.
The ballot title for Initiative Measure #55:
“Should the Confederate battle flag or any reference to the Confederacy be removed from the State Flag?”
The ballot summary for Initiative Measure #55:
Initiative Measure #55 proposes to add the following language to the Mississippi Constitution: “The flag of the State of Mississippi shall not contain or include any reference to the Confederate army’s battle flag or to the Confederacy.” As an enforcement mechanism, a Mississippi citizen may petition the Mississippi Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus requiring the State, its political subdivisions, their agents, officers, or employees to comply with the amendment.