Move the Mindset

Our persistent, non-violent insistence reminds those in power that their authority has limits. They are accountable to ALL the citizens, not just the privileged few.

A great city does not hide its true history. It corrects its flaws. Lafayette has a lot of work to do.

> Mission

"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

About Us

Move the Mindset is an organization committed to promoting racial and social justice through education, dialog, the arts and direct action. Our Direction

The Coalition

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. Meet them

Our Campaigns

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. Learn More

Professor Barry Jean Ancelet presents “No Gains without Pains, Part 1. An Oral History Project of the Center for Louisiana Studies.” View here (MTM Youtube site).

In collaboration with MTM LEARNING, Prof. Ancelet here introduces, in context, segments of audio interviews with seven pioneering Lafayette and Louisiana actitivists of the 1930s through the 1960s. The voices of women and men who lived the struggle and heartily fought racial injustice.

The guest speaker (and CLS interview subject) is Ms. Myrtle Cain, the first black student to enter segregated Crowley High School (1967). Ms. Cain graduated from USL and returned to Crowley High to teach for 37 years. Her stories of integration and teaching are remarkable. Together again, Myrtle Cain and Barry Ancelet open up about interview experiences and life lessons they learned during long careers in education.

This specific CLS interview series consists of over 18 hours of material recorded for the Center for Louisiana Studies by Prof. Ancelet during the later 1970’s. It rigorously documents the experiences of many important Louisiana Civil Rights Era figures… their own stories. This CLS series is considered PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIAL for Louisiana and U.S. history teachers.

Original photography during the interviews was performed by Mr. Elemore Morgan Jr, the distinguished Louisiana artist.

This lecture was delivered at the Lafayette Downtown Public Library on Sept 17th, 2019.

“Lafayette in Black and White; or A Tale of Two Cities: An Integrated History of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana 1770 – 1970”. This is Prof. Rick Swanson’s latest work, hosted by MTM at the Lafayette Downtown Public Library on May 9th, 2019. (Thanks to AOC Community Media and Ed Bowie.) View here

On June 26th HBO revealed on their streaming website – the new Equal Justice Initiative film documentary “True Justice…” This is an important, inspiring, feature length film. Update: As of Sept 20th, an HBO subscription is needed to view. Click here for more information.

Move the Mindset has joined with a community group to assist in developing and recommending ideas creating the 100 acre green space in the heart of Lafayette, La. named Lafayette City Park or Moncus Park. See the details.