MS is the last state in the country whose flag features the Confederate emblem. That afternoon, the state House and state Senate passed measures allowing for a vote on changing the flag. Being free to embrace all of what MS has to give to the world - while being free to lament all that is very bad that has come from our state - is symbolism that points beyond itself, to the possibility of a new day. Three days later, a parade of coaches, including both from universities across the state, including both Lane. "I know there are many good people who. believe that this flag is a symbol of our Southern pride and heritage".
"I have lived through some things with this flag", said Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee.
Hinson, a 6-foot-7 wing from Deltona, Florida is departing the Magnolia State and pointed to the flag as the reason why.
The Magnolia State is the last in the nation to have the stars and bars on its state banner..
"So put it in a museum and honor it there or put it in your house, but the flag of MS should represent the entire population, and I am thrilled that we're finally going to make that change", Hayes-Davis told CNN. "They want to show the world that they're moving on".
"I would guess that a lot don't even see that flag in the right corner up there", Edward Blackman, an African-American Democratic lawmaker, told colleagues during the debate Saturday.
Don Hartness of Ellisville, Mississippi, walking around the Capitol carrying the current Mississippi state flag and the American flag.
Ole Miss basketball coach Kermit Davis was among a contingent of 46 coaches and administrators from eight public universities who went to the state legislature Thursday to lobby for the emblem's removal. Along with many committed Mississippians, I have fought for decades to change the flag, most notably during the flag referendum 20 years ago. "The bottom line is the image of our state hangs in the balance".
Now attention will turn to the next steps in the process of developing a new state flag.
If the bill passes, a commission will design a new flag, to be be voted on in November. Should voters reject that design in November, the commission would present a new option during the 2021 legislative session, according to the resolution.
Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter, who is now 97, served on then-President Bill Clinton's national advisory board on race in the 1990s and was chairman of the Mississippi flag commission in 2000. Hosemann and Gunn face no specific commission appointment requirements. Winter said in his statement.
"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 until 1984.