As the debate about Civil War imagery continued, I decided to research Mississippi history, and I remained convinced that Mississippi needed a new flag.

I also learned a few interesting facts about the Natchez people, who were Mississippi residents long before the colonists arrived.

Since writing the column, state leaders have passed a resolution that would allow lawmakers to vote on changing the state flag. This could signify a new era in Mississippi history.

The state has been its own worst enemy in many ways. The current flag is an example of that.

A new flag could symbolize that Mississippians will now tackle all of the issues that have held the state back … together.

You can read my column here.

LaReeca Rucker

editor , the southern galaxy