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Fight to remove state flag goes before county officials

Curly Clark, president of the Jackson County NAACP, asked supervisors to remove the flag from county properties. (Photo source: WLOX) Curly Clark, president of the Jackson County NAACP, asked supervisors to remove the flag from county properties. (Photo source: WLOX)
Gary Fredericks and James Crowell presented the board with a letter outlining their concerns with the state flag. (Photo source: WLOX) Gary Fredericks and James Crowell presented the board with a letter outlining their concerns with the state flag. (Photo source: WLOX)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

The controversy over the state flag came before Harrison County, Hancock County and Jackson County supervisors Monday.

During the public forum portion of the Harrison County meeting, the presidents of the Biloxi and Gulfport NAACPs asked supervisors to take immediate action to take down the state flag from county buildings.

Gary Fredericks and James Crowell presented the board with a letter outlining their concerns with the state flag. They say the inclusion of the Confederate battle flag in the corner is racist.

The board also heard from Wallace Mason, who supports Initiative 58, which would amend the state constitution to recognize the existing flag. He also pointed to the 2001 vote where two thirds of voters favored the existing flag.

Harrison County supervisors heard from both sides, but took no immediate action.

In Jackson County, the meeting room was packed with people on both sides of the issue.

Curly Clark, president of the Jackson County NAACP, asked supervisors to remove the flag from county properties. Clark said the first day of Black History Month was an appropriate time to ask for the change.

“Today, you have an opportunity to be on the right side of history,” Clark said. “If we take the approach to let someone else do it, it will never get done.”

“I am in 100 percent agreement with Mr. Clark,” said Supervisor Melton Harris.

The board passed a motion to take up the issue of removing the state flag at its meeting on March 7.

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