"Move the Mindset is committed to promoting racial and social justice through education, dialog, the arts and direct action." - Fredrick Prejean, President.
Who We Are
Move the Mindset is an organization committed to promoting racial and social justice through education, dialog, the arts and direct action. Learn more.
Move the Mindset has assembled a coalition of more than a dozen local, regional, and national groups. Find out who they are, visit them, come join our coalition. Come meet them.
MTM is committed to several social justice projects. Symbolic of our focus – standing in downtown Lafayette is a Jim Crow statue that embodies racial segregation, enforced poverty, and blind hatred. Follow the progress.
What We Do
Move the Mindset’s mission is to educate our community on racial and social justice issues through education, dialogue, the arts and direct action. Your donation will help to fund our endeavors:
Moving the General Alfred Mouton Confederate Jim Crow statue off public-owned land
Investigating and influencing how local schools approach the teaching of American history, especially the era of slavery
Planning lectures and educational events about racial history and racial justice for our community’s enrichment
Working with Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) in addressing the injustices in our criminal justice system
Participating with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in honoring those lynched in our parish (county) through the placement of Memorial Markers
Developing educational documentaries about life in Lafayette during the Jim Crow era
Teaching chess to local youth to help develop critical thinking
The Lafayette Parish Coalition of the Equal Justice Initiative hosted a soil collection ceremony for Louis Sinclair, who was lynched on March 24, 1896.
Educate and Advocate: Activists in Lafayette, LA, Lead Movement to Remove Confederate Statue, Confront Long History of White Supremacy
On December 18, 2020, the Southern Poverty Law Center forwarded a story about Move the Mindset (MTM) to 600,000 of its patrons. Statistical results indicate that roughly 80,000 patrons read the story. It is an honor to have had this number of individuals demonstrate an interest in MTM and our work in addressing the issue of social justice. We thank our members, supporters and the general public in assisting us in getting our voice heard. Now the judicial system must come forth and respond to our suit and issue a judgement that will allow the Confederate Jim Crow statue, a public nuisance, and symbol of white supremacy and division, to be moved from publicly owned land. The court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2021 at 10am. I pray you will continue to support our cause in prayer and spirit.
MTM President Fred Prejean Receives Lafayette Civic Cup Award
MTM President Fred Prejean has been awarded the prestigious 2020 Lafayette Civic Cup award by the Community Foundation of Acadiana for a lifetime of activism and community service on behalf of the Lafayette community. Among the many accomplishments for which he is being honored is his leadership of the movement to remove the divisive Jim Crow Mouton Statue. Mr. Prejean will be feted at an award dinner on Tuesday, November 10.
Lafayette City Council Supports Resolution to Remove the Jim Crow Statue!
In a unanimous decision, the Lafayette City Council voted to support the Mayor-President’s resolution to remove the Jim Crow statue. The resolution generated a landslide of public support for removal of the statue. According to the Council clerk, 279 citizens signed up to show their support for the resolution versus only 9 citizens against. Everyone who attended or called into the Council meeting on this issue spoke in favor of supporting the resolution.
The next step is a court hearing on August 17 where a judge will decide whether to remove the permanent injunction currently prohibiting the moving of the statue. If the injunction is removed, the Mayor-President has a mandate to remove the statue. He has publicly vowed to do so, calling it a “Jim Crow statue that offends a whole class of people.”