Documentary tells story of changing Mississippi’s state flag

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The new Mississippi state flag became the official flag of the state on January 11, 2020, after voters approved of the design in November 2020. A short film documentary, “A New Day in Mississippi,” showcases the timeline of how the new state flag came to be.

The film features Mississippi community leaders who led the movement that helped change the flag. The documentary has been showcased in films across the country. It’s been nominated for an award at the Las Vegas Black Film Festival, and it received the Hollywood Gold Award.

Director of the film, Imara Canady feature two sisters, Sharon, and Valerie Brown with the Grass Roots advocacy movement and many more that helped lead to history.

Sharon Brown says that in 2016 their ballot initiative failed because of the lack of support. But she says, just like her ancestors in the 60’s, her and her team kept fighting. 

“It doesn’t take a lot of money to run a ballot initiative. It doesn’t take well-known people to affect change. You have the ability within yourself to change anything” said Brown.

In attendance were local community leaders as well as Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba who says he is excited to see the film.

The premiere took place at the Smith Robertson museum which is the first place where black people were able to get educated in the capital city. Therefore, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation made a five-thousand dollars donation to the Smith Robertson Museum. 

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