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Mississippi surrenders Confederate symbol from state flag

Mississippi will retire the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem, more than a century after white supremacist legislators adopted the design a generation after the South lost the Civil War. A broad coalition of lawmakers — Black and white, Democrat and Republican — voted Sunday for change as the state faced increasing pressure amid nationwide ...

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Business, educational and religious groups throw support behind new state flag

By BECKY GILLETTE The state flag of Mississippi that incorporates an image of the Confederate battle flag has long been controversial. A voter referendum in 2001 to change the flag to something without racial overtones failed by a margin of two-to-one in a state where 37 percent of the population is black. Today, after the worldwide protests over the death ...

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Mississippi Baptist Convention: Remove rebel symbol from Mississippi flag

Mississippi’s largest religious group said Tuesday that state lawmakers have a moral obligation to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag because many people are “hurt and shamed” by the symbol. “While some may see the current flag as a celebration of heritage, a significant portion of our state sees it as a relic of racism and a ...

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Top CEO: ‘People will boycott Mississippi products’ if lawmakers put state flag on ballot

BY ADAM GANUCHEAU  | Mississippi Today The CEO of one of the state’s largest companies told Mississippi Today on Tuesday that he fears sustained national boycotts of Mississippi businesses if lawmakers let voters decide the fate of the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. Joe Frank Sanderson, the 73-year-old CEO and board chairman of Laurel-based Sanderson Farms, said lawmakers’ deliberations of ...

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Flag change seen as boost in pride Mississippi youngsters have for state

By TED CARTER The Mississippi Delta Council’s demand that legislators erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag is said to mark a down payment on the state’s economic and civic future. But for Delta school children, the flag change represents a way to gain new pride in their home state, educators say and add they are grateful the ...

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NCAA: No championships in states with confederate symbol

The NCAA’s Board of Governors put its clout behind a change in Mississippi’s state flag with a dramatic move on Friday morning. The NCAA panel expanded its “Confederate flag policy” to prevent any championship events from being played “in states where the symbol has a prominent presence.” As the statement from the Boad of Governors noted, “Mississippi is the only ...

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Southeastern Conference pushing Mississippi to change flag

The Southeastern Conference is considering barring league championship events in Mississippi unless the state changes its Confederate-based flag. “It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,” Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement Thursday. “Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to ...

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Delta Council latest to disown state flag, urging it be changed quickly

By TED CARTER In another sign that momentum is building among civic institutions for ridding the Mississippi flag of the Confederate battle emblem, the Mississippi Delta Council has concluded the flag must change to reflect today’s Mississippi. Otherwise, Mississippi is left with a flag that  reflects slavery and a rebellion against the United States, contend the Council and other civic ...

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NASCAR bans Confederate flag from its races and properties

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and properties on Wednesday, formally distancing itself from what for many is a symbol of slavery and racism that had been a familiar sight at stock car events for more than 70 years. The move comes amid social unrest around the globe following the death in police custody of George Floyd, an ...

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Bipartisan group of lawmakers, with Speaker Gunn’s blessing, pushes to change Mississippi state flag

By ADAM GANUCHEAU / Mississippi Today A bipartisan group of Mississippi lawmakers, with the blessing of Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, began whipping votes and drafting a resolution on Monday to change the state flag, which was adopted in 1894 and is the last in the nation containing the Confederate battle emblem. The conversation behind closed doors this week ...

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