On Wednesday, Governor Phil Bryant proclaimed October as Racial Reconciliation Month. In oing so, the State will join Mission Mississippi in promoting racial healing and celebrating the progress made in race relations. “Our theme this year is ‘Moving Forward Together with Focus on Building a New Story,’” commented Neddie Winters, President of Mission Mississippi (pictured at podium). “Our goal is to challenge Mississippians of different races, ages and denominations to deepen relationships and develop new relationships in order to bring about positive change in our State and to build a new story together,” he said.
Officials from the National Action Network, the National Urban League, National Bar Association, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other civil rights groups have urged the Justice Department to remain focused on the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and to make sure that the police officers involved are held responsible for their deaths. Speaking at a recent press conference, Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, said that the groups are not anti–police, and the group doesn’t believe that all police are bad. “But acting as though that no police is wrong none of the time is moving this country towards a police state where we don’t have the right to question police under any circumstances,” said Sharpton. Also attending press conference was Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, the unarmed Black teenager killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.
Rev. Jerry Young, Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss., was elected Thursday to a five-year term as President of the National Baptist Convention. Rev. Young, who was convention vice president, beat four others to lead the country’s largest black religious group.