(WJTV) – Some call it a symbol of hate, while others say it’s a reminder of rich southern heritage.
Sunday hundreds of people met in Jackson, marching to show their support for a new state flag.
Collectively, the group is known as One Flag For All. They say their plan is to unify the state with a symbol that’s reflective of all Mississippians. They came united with a clear message.
“We shouldn’t have a flag that represents a bad time in our history,” says Sharron Brown, Proposed Initiative 55.
Downtown Jackson was flooded with supporters of initiative 55. It’s a measure in place to remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag.
The weekend rally was bringing some big name supporters to the capitol.
“I look at you today. I see strength, I see courage, I see determination. You don’t have to be afraid for your life, but yet willing to go forth because you believed that one day justice and equality would reign, even in the state of Mississippi,” says Myrlie Evers, Civil Rights Activist.
“That flag offends a large number of citizens of this state and of South Carolina,” says Jenny Horne, State Representative South Carolina.
“A flag is supposed to be about a conglomerate effort. It’s supposed to be about everybody. That flag is not about me. It may be your culture, so keep it in your yard,” says David Banner, lives in Jackson.
However, not everyone thinks the flag should change.
“I don’t think it will happen, but if it did, if they change the state flag, it would be a sad day for Mississippi. I would probably have to move out of the country,” says Craig Haden, state flag supporter.
Sharon Brown, one of the organizers behind the rally, says she plans to start collecting signatures for the initiative. She’s hoping to see it on the statewide ballots in 2018.