|Teanna Lee of St. Helena College & Career Academy and Lamarquez Walls of Kentwood High Magnet School lead a chant during the One Flag for All March on Oct. 11 in Jackson, MS.|
Baton Rouge, La. – Students from Kentwood High Magnet School and St. Helena College & Career Academy, along with Southern University Ag Center’s Assistant Area Agent Nicolette Gordon, Youth Coordinator Toni Melton, and St. Helena College & Career Academy’s Civics teacher Idella Smith, traveled to Jackson, Mississippi on October 11 to participate in the One Flag for All Mississippians March and Rally.
The 20 students were engaged during their Civics classes on the importance of letting their voices be heard, and the many ways they can get involved to do so. This sparked their interest in participating in the history making event.
The march and rally were organized by local leaders across the United States and was led by South Carolina State Representative Jenny Horne, Rapper & Former Southern University SGA President David Banner, and Civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams, to show support of Initiative 55, which calls for the removal of the Confederate battle emblem from the State of Mississippi’s Flag.
The march began at the intersection of J.R. Lynch and Rose Street and ended at the steps on the south side of the Mississippi State Capitol, where the rally lasted from 3:40 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“We shouldn’t have a flag that represents a bad time in our history,” says Sharron Brown, who proposed Initiative 55. Brown is also starting to collect signatures for the initiative, and she’s hoping to see it on the state’s ballot in 2018.
(Article written by Nicolette Gordon, Assistant Area Agent at the SU Ag Center.)