"These recent polling numbers show what people believe, and that the time has come for us to have a new flag that serves as a unifying symbol for our entire state".
The removal of the Mississippi State flag is also the result of this resentment.
Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn, who is white, has pushed for five years to change the flag, saying the Confederate symbol is offensive. Granted, such occurrences in the conference have been rare, even if the gesture was well-intended.
"There's an effort underway across the country to erase our nation's history-to pretend that all of us are so much better than our ancestors that we must eliminate their memory", Reeves added in a Facebook post on Wednesday, explaining his reluctance to support the legislative effort.
"How sweet it is to celebrate this on the Lord's day", Gunn said.
"In the almost 20 years we have held the position of changing the state flag, we have never seen voters so much in favor of change", Scott Waller, president of the Mississippi Economic Council, said on Thursday. Instead, they added the issue on a 2001 statewide ballot, in which MS citizens voted in favor of keeping the flag.
"To change the state flag is not about forgetting the past", Moore wrote, "but about acknowledging it".
Business groups also pointed to the controversial emblem for impeding the state's economic development.
But after a few influential businesses and sports centers, including NASCAR and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) condemned the flag, people began changing their minds.
The Mississippi Supreme Court found in 2000 that when the state updated its laws in 1906, portions dealing with the flag were not included. In other words, the banner lacked official status.
The Democratic governor in 2000, Ronnie Musgrove, appointed a commission to decide the flag's future. Statewide hearings were held that were often met with heated disputes over the flag.
Prior to the decision, amid civil unrest, calls to remove the Confederate symbol from the flag increased.
"The battle for a better MS does not end with the removal of the flag, and we should work in concert to make other positive changes in the interest of all of our people", said Winter, a Democrat who was governor from 1980-1984.
The new version would go before voters for approval in November.
And so I hope that this momentum continues in the state of MS and this is just the start of a new chapter in MS so that we can have a more bright, progressive and inclusive Mississippi.
Democratic state Senator Derrick Simmons of Greenville, who is black, said the state deserves a flag to make all people proud. "For the people who hold the palm of MS in their hands, for their wisdom and their strength, for them to vote the way they did is all but unbelievable to me, but I am ever so thankful for that vote".