The Southern Baptist Convention is recommending the removal of the Confederate battle flag from public display. The vote came earlier this week as the Convention met in St. Louis. The flag, which is part of the design of the Mississippi state flag, is seen by some as a symbol of hate and racism. Robbie Rickard is pastor of the First Baptist Church in Wiggins. He speaks from the Convention with MPB's Mark Rigsby. Rickard says the flag is an impediment to the mission of Southern Baptist churches.
The Jackson City Council has voted to protect LGBT Mississippians in the city from discrimination. With a unanimous vote, the council passed the state's first ordinance guaranteeing lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender people freedom from discrimination. Tyrone Hendrix is the Jackson city councilman for Ward Six. He told MPB's Paul Boger the ordinance lets everyone know the city of Jackson will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.
The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport is one of ten institutions nationwide awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service for 2016. The awards are given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency that supports museums and libraries. First Lady Michelle Obama presented the awards at a White House ceremony earlier this month. Cindy DeFrances is executive director of the Discovery Center. She told MPB's Evelina Burnett the Center believes in helping kids learn -- while they're having fun.
In many ways, Martha Wyatt-Rossignol's story is the story of the Civil Rights era in Mississippi. Born into a large family in rural Jefferson County, she came of age during the most turbulent and dangerous years of the Civil Rights movement. She experienced the era as a young African-American female -- and later as the wife in an interracial marriage. In today's Book Club, Wyatt-Rossignol talks about her memoir, My Triumph Over Prejudice. She says her journey really started when desegregation took her to an all-white high school her senior year.