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NAACP leaders will be asked to pass resolution calling for MS flag change

Clark said all Mississippians deserve a state flag they can respect and be proud of. (Photo source: WLOX) Clark said all Mississippians deserve a state flag they can respect and be proud of. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Jackson County NAACP President Curley Clark said he will ask national leaders to adopt a resolution calling for the Confederate battle flag to be removed from the Mississippi state flag. He will make his case at the NAACP convention next week in Philadelphia, PA.

Clark said all Mississippians deserve a state flag they can respect and be proud of. He said now that South Carolina has taken down the Confederate battle flag, he is hoping the NAACP will put lobbying to get Mississippi's flag changed high on its priority list.

On Friday, Clark spoke to WLOX with an American flag draped over his shoulder.

"I love this flag here," said Clark. "What I'll do is work toward a day when I can have a Mississippi flag on my other shoulder that I can love just as well." 

Clark said the Confederate battle flag is a divisive symbol that he feels should not be used to represent all Mississippians. 

"I feel like people who feel that the Confederate flag is a part of their heritage, they have that right and I respect that," Clark said. "I respect those brave people who fought for the Confederacy, because they fought for their beliefs. However, I don't think those beliefs should be forced upon me. I'm a taxpayer in the State of Mississippi just like they are. I don't think they would like it if we had some type of flag that they denounced to represent them. I think they should give us the same amount of respect, and we should find some kind of flag that unifies us and is not divisive.” 

Clark will go to the NAACP national convention to try to drum up support for the civil rights organization to take an official position on Mississippi's flag. 

"I will be having some type of interchange with other NAACP leaders from across the state and from across the United States," said Clark. "And also speak to the national leadership to see if we can, in fact, have some type of emergency resolution adopted or whatever parliamentary measure needs to take place in order to refocus the NAACP's national attention towards Mississippi now that South Carolina has removed the Confederate flag from their state grounds." 

In the past, Clark said the NAACP called for a boycott to pressure South Carolina to stop flying the Confederate flag. Clark said a boycott of Mississippi isn't out of the question.

"I think that will be put on the table. I don't know if it's going to be adopted or not, but I think that's one of the considerations," Clark said. "I hate to say we want to try to force this to happen, but a lot of times if a person won't adhere to the pleas of mercy, then they will take economic impact into consideration."

 The NAACP national convention begins July 11. 

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