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Miss. Lawmaker proposes African American & Women's holidays

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Rep. Credell Calhoun (D-Jackson) Rep. Credell Calhoun (D-Jackson)

By Ashley Conroy - email

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - As the prospect of a Civil Rights Museum becomes closer to a reality in the state, legislation is in the works to propose an African American Day and a Women's Day as state holidays in Mississippi. 

"I think it would send a big announcement to the rest of the country that Mississippi has arrived," said the bill's author Rep. Credell Calhoun (D-Jackson).

Calhoun says House Bill 602 to propose an African American day would help boost self-esteem of young African Americans not only in the state, but throughout the nation.     

"It will boost the confidence of African Americans across this country and let them know that they are appreciated."

As for House Bill 755, to propose a state Women's Day, Calhoun says it will also help recognize women's struggle throughout history.

"I agree that women need to be recognized just like African Americans because women have struggled in this country also."

The African American day would be on Feb. 28 unless it fell on a leap year, in which case it would be on the 29th.

Women's Day would be set for Aug. 26.

Calhoun says this legislation is important to show others how far Mississippi has progressed in recent history.

"We are in the 21st century, and we are doing great things in the 21st century, as far as race relations and many other things."

If the Legislature passed the bills, Mississippi would be the only state in the nation to recognize such a holidays.

Meantime, Calhoun said Tuesday, he anticipates both bills to reach the House floor for a vote.

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