Mississippi Today reporters are closely covering lawmakers’ conversations about changing the state flag, the last in the nation containing the Confederate battle emblem.

Past efforts have failed, including the 2001 referendum in which Mississippians voted nearly 2-to-1 to keep the current flag.

As black Mississippians and their multi-racial allies marched the streets of Jackson and cities across the state to protest racial inequities through Black Lives Matter Mississippi, changing the flag became a key focus.

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