Tag: Mississippi

Mississippi Colleges Continue to Lower State Flag

By Sheryl Estrada A rally took place on Oct. 16 calling on the University of Mississippi to remove the state flag from university grounds. Photo by The Oxford Eagle. Mississippi is the only state that includes the Confederate battle emblem as part of its flag. And the University of Mississippi…

Prominent Mississippians Urge State To Remove Flag's Confederate Emblem

Prominent former and current residents of Mississippi have joined together to urge the state to change its flag, which currently still encompasses a Confederate emblem. On Sunday, the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger published a full-page letter signed by 64 notable people, including former Mississippi State Rep. John Grisham, Morgan Freeman, Archie Manning…

Unarmed Black Man Choked To Death By Cop

In what has become a disturbingly familiar pattern, an unarmed Black man was pronounced dead at the hands of a law enforcement officer on July 8. Jonathan Sanders, 39, was killed in Stonewall, Mississippi after allegedly being put in a chokehold by officer Kevin Herrington. According to C.J. Lawrence, one…

Alabama Physically Removes Confederate Flags Without Delay

While South Carolina’s state legislators debated whether to debate taking down the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds, Alabama’s governor directed the four flags flying over a memorial in his state’s Capitol grounds be removed — and by Wednesday morning they were gone. “This is the right thing to do,” Alabama…

#TakeItDown: Lawmakers Key to Removal of Confederate Flag, Symbols

By Sheryl Estrada South Carolina State House in Columbia. Photo: Shutterstock Following South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s announcement on Monday calling for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from state grounds, the nation watchedas lawmakers took steps on Tuesday to consider its elimination.The hashtag#TakeItDown is trending on social media…

Black Man Found Hanging From Tree in Mississippi

Update (March 21, 2015):FBI Special Agent in Charge Donald Alway confirmed in a press conferenceon Friday thebody found hanging in the woods in Claiborne County, Miss. has been identified by authorities as Otis Byrd. By Sheryl Estrada Otis Byrd Authorities are investigating the death of a Black man found hanging…