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Black lawmakers set boycott over Confederate emblem on flag

Some black Mississippi officials say they are boycotting a regional legislative meeting that their own state is hosting this summer, to protest the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag.

The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is asking the Southern Legislative Conference to push Mississippi to lose its status as the last state with a flag featuring the emblem.

The caucus chairwoman, Democratic Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes, says the boycott could put pressure on Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn. The Republican is chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference, which meets July 29-Aug. 2 in Biloxi.

After black worshippers were killed in South Carolina in 2015 by an avowed white supremacist who had posed for photos holding the Confederate battle flag, Gunn said Mississippi should redesign its state banner. But that hasn’t happened.


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