Black caucus to boycott legislative conference on Coast over state flag

An annual gathering of lawmakers from around the South will get underway July 29 in Biloxi. But the 2017 Southern Legislative Conference will be held without some key legislators from Mississippi.

Mississippi Today reports the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus will not take part in the conference because state lawmakers have not changed the state’s flag.

In a letter to Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, who is chairing the annual conference, Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes, D-Gulfport, said the black caucus is boycotting the conference because of the state’s continued use of the “Confederate flag.”