It is time for Mississippians to have a flag that our youth can
look upon and see unity and not division, freedom and not oppression.

Who We Are

The Flag for All Mississippians Coalition is a diverse group of citizens who have come together to support the creation of a state flag that represents all Mississippians regardless of their race, religion, education, or socio-economic status.

The Coalition is sponsoring the Flag for All Mississippians Act which will amend the Mississippi State Constitution and provide that: “The flag of the State of Mississippi shall not contain or include any reference to the Confederate army’s battle flag or to the Confederacy.” This change is being proposed using the initiative process, which will allow all Mississippians to decide on the issue. The Coalition will lead the effort to collect over 100,000 valid signatures in the next 3 to 6 months, which when successful, will put this issue on the ballot for a public vote.

The Coalition believes that any vote that is put before the voters regarding the flag should be a vote on whether to remove any reference to the Confederacy and not a vote choosing between various flag designs. The Coalition will not propose any new flag design nor take a position on any proposed design as long as it does not contain any reference to the Confederacy.

It is time for Mississippi to end its era as the only state that has a tribute to the Confederacy as part of their state flag. It is time for Mississippi to embrace unity, not division; to remove a symbol that has kept our state from exploring its true economic potential. It is time for Mississippi to do what is right and create a flag for all Mississippians.

What We Are Doing

The current flag was redesigned in 1894 to incorporate the Confederate battle flag. Mississippi and Georgia were the only two states of the 11 states of the Confederacy to incorporate the emblem into their flags. Georgia removed the emblem in 2001, leaving Mississippi as the only state to enshrine the Confederate flag in our state flag.

In order to create a flag that will represent all Mississippians, the Flag for All Mississippians Act was filed with the Secretary of State on August 28, 2015. It was designated Initiative Measure #55 by the state. The Act amends the Mississippi State Constitution to provide that: “The flag of the State of Mississippi shall not contain or include any reference to the Confederate army’s battle flag or to the Confederacy.” The Act also repeals the existing law that sets forth the current design of the state flag.  

The Act, along with the title and summary provided by the Mississippi Secretary of State, will be circulated throughout the state so all voters will have an opportunity to sign the petition. Once 107,216 valid signatures have been certified, the Act will be submitted to the Legislature. Next, the Legislature will hold public hearings throughout the state, and then either place the initiative on the ballot for a public vote alone or alongside an alternative proposed by the Legislature.

Once the Act is approved by the voters, the state and all of its political subdivisions will have 6 months to take down the flag, which will give the state time to approve a different flag that does not reference the Confederate army’s battle flag or the Confederacy.

The ballot title for Initiative Measure #55:  

“Should the Confederate battle flag or any reference to the Confederacy be removed from the State Flag?”

The ballot summary for Initiative Measure #55:

Initiative Measure No. 55 proposes to add the following language to the Mississippi Constitution: “The flag of the State of Mississippi shall not contain or include any reference to the Confederate army’s battle flag or to the Confederacy.” As an enforcement mechanism, a Mississippi citizen may petition the Mississippi Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus requiring the State, its political subdivisions, their agents, officers, or employees to comply with the amendment.

Why We Are Doing This

It is time for Mississippians to have a flag that represents all of us regardless of our race, religion, education or socio-economic status.

It is time for Mississippians to have a flag that no longer has the distinction of being the only flag in the United States that contains a tribute to the Confederacy.

It is time for Mississippians to have a flag that embodies the spirit and courage and unity of this great country, not a period of divisiveness.

It is time for Mississippians to have a flag that no longer contains a symbol synonymous with oppression and racism.

It is time for Mississippians to have a flag that our youth can look upon and see unity and not division, freedom and not oppression.

It is time for Mississippians to have a flag that removes an obstacle to this great state achieving its true economic potential.

It is time for a flag for all Mississippians.