Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson joined more than 100 state business and industry leaders in putting their signatures on a full-page ad published Wednesday in newspapers across Mississippi, lending their support to legislators to change the state flag.

Mississippi now is the only state that still contains the image of the racially divisive Confederate battle flag in its design. The Mississippi Economic Council, with Wilson as chair, is leading this historical initiative to move Mississippi forward and change the flag. Economic developers from around the state recognize that a new state flag would inspire growth and economic prosperity and more jobs for Mississippi.

The campaign will also have a social media presence supported by economic development organizations and chambers of commerce.

“Our state flag should bring us together and not divide us,” said Wilson. “The current state flag, in addition to being divisive, remains an impediment to our pursuit of economic development and job creation. It also perpetuates perceptions of our state we continually seek to overcome. We need to move forward with a new flag that unites us and welcomes everyone.”

MEC also released the results of a recent scientific poll on Wednesday, showing that for the first time a majority of Mississippians support changing the state flag. Read the MEC’s news release here.

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