Black Legislators To Boycott Southern Legislative Conference In Mississippi Because Of State Flag

MEMPHIS, Tenn (LocalMemphis.com) - The Mississippi state flag flying over the state capitol with its Confederate emblems is once again causing controversy in the Magnolia State.

Members of the black caucus sent this letter to the Chair of the Southern Legislative Conference, Mississippi House Speaker, Philip Gunn.

The letter signed by dozens of Black state lawmakers who will not attend the annual conference this weekend in Biloxi Mississippi because of the state flag.

MS State Representative Sonya Williams-Barnes chairs the states Black Caucus.

"The flag represents oppression, and we are demanding the flag comes down," said Williams-Barnes.

Duvalier Malone organized several rallies across Mississippi protesting the flag.

"This is very important that State legislators have finally gotten on board," said Malone.

Tennessee Representative Raumesh Akbari chairs the Tennessee Black Caucus and leads meetings at the SLC conference, but not this year.

"As the Tennessee Black Caucus we are expressing solidarity with them, and the issues that they feel are relevant to their state," said Akbari.

A Gunn representative told us he was busy preparing for the conference and a roundtable discussion over race taking place during the conference.

Gunn released a statement saying, "SLC is a good opportunity to stand with me, someone who has not wavered in support of changing the flag, to promote all that is good about our great state."


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