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Call to Action

June 23, 2020

Dear MLA members,

   As  librarians and staff, we humbly serve members of our communities by providing each of them with a safe inviting environment where they can read, research, learn, share, develop and explore.  We often take that term “inviting” for granted – for how inviting is a building that flies a flag that inspires nothing to many of our community members except hate, racism and divisiveness.  On June 5th after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the MS Library Association Board released a statement on behalf of the association condemning racism in all its forms.  But what are words if not supported with meaningful actions?  Today, the MLA Board is issuing a statement on behalf of the association and the citizens we serve asking legislators to remove and replace the Mississippi state flag.  We are encouraging you, our members, and all library employees in the state to contact your legislators and the governor and let them know that you support removing the current state flag and replacing it with a flag that represents and unites us all.  Take action.  Individual+Action=Make a Difference


We have created a website where you can automatically send a note to your legislator.  You can use the automated letter or create one of your own.  Please visit https://tinyurl.com/y7rfx294 and send a letter on behalf of the community members you serve.


MLA Board Statement Concerning Removal of the State Flag


Mississippi Libraries provide services to a diverse mix of patrons who range from students to community members, attorneys and doctors to the homeless and unemployed, toddlers to the elderly, and many more.  Mississippi libraries are committed to these patrons no matter who they are, where they come from, or what they believe.  As an Association, we are united in our mission of enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all.      


The current Mississippi flag, adopted by the Legislature in 1894 and voted on by the people nearly twenty years ago, does not unite and represent all of our patrons today.  The flag and its history & symbolism represent a time when racism prevailed and when learning and access to information was not available to all.  As such, it should be taken down in favor of a more inclusive flag that will truly represent the diverse patrons that we serve. 


Therefore, the MLA Board asks that state legislators do the right thing for all Mississippi citizens and vote to take down the state flag.  We ask all of our association members to reach out to their state legislators to voice their support for removing the flag and replacing it with one that represents us all.

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