MRC member Mark Isaacs of Bay St. Louis gave a compelling talk on the Complexity and Contradiction of the Mississippi state flag of 1894, including the history of the flag and its intended symbolism, his own deep family ties to Mississippi’s Confederate and Jim Crow-era history and how the flag impedes social and economic progress in our state in the present day. The talk was followed by frank and productive public discussion between attendees of different races, backgrounds and beliefs. We believe that civil dialogue is key to moving the issue forward. Any group or individual interested in hosting the presentation and dialogue session in their community, please contact us at