Move the Mindset (MTM) is a nonprofit grassroots civil rights organization in Lafayette Louisiana committed to promoting racial and social justice through education, the arts, dialog and direct action.
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.”
The MTM Juneteenth Celebration held on Friday, June 19, 2020, in Lafayette, LA, was a huge success! Many people attended the event to commemorate the end of slavery and support the ongoing struggle against racism.
Lafayette in Black and White; or A Tale of Two Cities: An Integrated History of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana 1770-1970
Dr. Rick Swanson, Professor of Political Science at UL Lafayette, presents his talk, Lafayette in Black and White; or A Tale of Two Cities: An Integrated History of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana 1770-1970. Drawing upon a plentitude of archival evidence from the region, Dr. Swanson debunks many myths about slavery and racism in Acadiana. His research establishes a solid foundation for truth and reconciliation in the region.
But somehow the narratives we’re taught often grossly misrepresent the history of black people in America. After all, a true and full history of the United States would require a reckoning of a not-so-great country, one that’s mired in hate and fear.
The history of the civil rights movement is no different.