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From the Desk of Derrick Johnson

2015/06/30 – June 30, 2015       Dear Friends and Partners,   Our communities have been in turmoil over the last couple weeks as we witnessed the heinous murders of nine people inside of a church in Charleston, South Carolina.  Immediately following these deaths, a debate about the Confederate flag began, opening up an… Read more

More Lawmakers Endorsing Flag Change

2015/06/30 – JACKSON – The number of Mississippi leaders endorsing changing the state flag is growing. On Wednesday, both of the state’s United States senators – Thad Cochran of Oxford and Roger Wicker of Tupelo – endorsed changing the state flag to remove the controversial Confederate battle emblem as part of its design. “As a… Read more

MS NAACP Supports The Removal of the Confederate Bars from the State Flag

2015/06/26 – The recent tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina has brought renewed attention to the divisive history of the Confederate battle flag. The unfathomable murder of the Charleston Nine has forced us to confront the Confederate flag’s true meaning. To some, the flag is defended as a symbol of Mississippi’s history and heritage. To the… Read more

Congressman Thompson Applauds Speaker Gunn’s Stand on the Flag

2015/06/24 - JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) – Some Mississippi leaders are calling to remove and change the state’s controversial flag. But others aren’t so sure. “We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “As a Christian, I believe our… Read more

Sen. Wicker: MS State Flag ‘Should be Put in a Museum’

2015/06/24 - WASHINGTON, DC (WLOX) – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker is calling for Mississippi to change its state flag, which includes the Confederate battle symbol. The Mississippi Republican issued a statement Wednesday morning saying, “After reflection and prayer, I now believe our state flag should be put in a museum and replaced by one that is… Read more

Gunn: Confederate part of MS flag ‘needs to be removed’

2015/06/23 -  Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday night that the Confederate emblem in the state’s official flag has to go. “We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” Gunn, a Clinton Republican, said in a statement. “As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag… Read more

Charleston Shooting Suspect Dylann Roof Called a Pill-Popping Racist

2015/06/19 -  Dylann Storm Roof has reportedly confessed to killing nine people at a historic black church in Charleston because he hoped it would start a “race war.” The 21-year-old from Lexington, South Carolina, was taken into custody in Shelby, North Carolina, on Thursday afternoon, and later told police that he himself bought the handgun he used… Read more

Behind the Hate Crime Massacre in a Black Charleston Church

2015/06/18 -  A lone white shooter massacred nine people during a prayer meeting at one of the South’s most venerable black churches last night. The shooter, a young man dressed unremarkably in a sweatshirt, jeans, and Timberlands, sat inside the church in Charleston, South Carolina, for about an hour alongside his intended targets before opening fire. At around 9… Read more

Job-Killing Trade De-Railed, For Now

2015/06/18 -  Washington got weird this month.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) blew his top when House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) helped destroy a trade deal he personally backed, along with President Barack Obama and the rest of the GOP leadership.  Democrats opposing a trade deal isn’t the weird part — it’s how they… Read more