STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - A group of former student body presidents at Mississippi’s universities wrote a letter to state lawmakers expressing the need for a new state flag.
Mayah Emerson previously served as student association president at Mississippi State University (MSU) in 2018 and 2019.
She said the group is meant to represent the youth of Mississippi and give young people a voice. Most of the former student body presidents served within the past five years.
Emerson said the state flag has been a topic of discussion for a long time in student governments.
"We need to do something; we need to leverage our collective power and uplift," she said.
During her time at MSU, she visited the state capital where legislators said the state’s youth is the future of Mississippi. Younger generations are the future, she agreed, but legislators are the now.
Emerson feels like now is a good time to try and make a change to better the state and have a flag that all Mississippians can be proud of.
"But the young people in the state are looking at our leaders and seeing what kind of example they will make."
The letter was sent to the Legislature Monday morning. Open this link to read the letter.