State flag supporters at Capitol, Source: Courtney Ann Jackson
State flag supporters, Source: Courtney Ann Jackson
Jeppie Barbour is director of the coalition to save the flag. He is brother of former Gov. Haley Barbour.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Mississippians supporting the state flag, which includes the Confederate battle emblem, are rallying at the State Capitol this morning.
A group called the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign is leading the "Confederate Flag and Heritage Rally."
Supporters were encouraged to bring out their state flags or confederate flags.
The flag controversy reemerged into the spotlight, last month, after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the confederate flag from South Carolina's statehouse grounds.
Haley made the request after 9 African-Americans were killed in a church in Charleston, South Carolina in June. Dylann Roof, the man charged in the hate crimes had been pictured waving the Confederate flag.
Lawmakers in S.C. will begin debating today whether or not to keep the Confederate battle flag.
Gov. Phil Bryant said in June that he would not call Mississippi lawmakers back to the Capitol for an election-year special session to consider removing a Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.
"As has been my longstanding practice, I will not call a special legislative session for something other than a natural disaster or a major economic development project," the governor said.
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