Biloxi, Miss. Tried To Rename MLK Day And Didn’t Think We’d Notice

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

It’s a day meant to reflect on the legacy of one of the most iconic figures in civil rights and social justice the world has ever known. Millions are given the opportunity to continue his missions and recall his values – which means all of them, not just the ones mainstream America’s conveniently cherry-picked over time.

Well, that’s what the day is for most of the United States. Residents in Biloxi, Mississippi felt differently and came under fire for it. 

Mesha Caldwell is 2017’s First Reported Trans Murder Victim

2016 was difficult as it became the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States with 27 reported victims. Nearly half of which were Black. Unfortunately, 2017 didn’t take long to show that this tragedy wasn’t left in the past.

Mesha Caldwell, a hairstylist from Mississippi was found murdered 30 miles outside of Canton on the side of the road.

Black Mississippi Church Raises $200,000 After Being Set On Fire

A community was deeply hurt when a historic black church in Greenville, Mississippi was set on fire and covered with the words “Vote Trump!” They can now start the healing process after a GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $200,000 for its restoration.

The campaign originally started with a goal of only $10,000 and has far exceeded that thanks to help from nearly 6,000 donors. 

Mississippi Declares April Confederate Heritage Month

In an unfortunate, yet expected turn of events, Mississippi claims its throne in the race to be the most racist state in America.

The governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, signed a proclamation that made April “Confederate Heritage Month.” This is also the state that stirred a large debate around removing the Confederate battle emblem from their state flag.

Mississippi legislators pass bill making it legal to discriminate against gays

Legislators in Mississippi have passed a bill that would allow people to use their religion to justify discrimination.

The “religious liberty” bill stalled last month, with the House voting to send it to a study committee instead of passing it. However both bodies of Congress have approved a conference report on the bill, advancing it to Gov. Phil Bryant (R).