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.
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.”
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.