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Lafayette City Council Supports Resolution to Remove the Jim Crow Statue!

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.”

Juneteenth Celebration 6-19-2020

Juneteenth 2020

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.

MTM President Fred Prejean speaks to a large crowd at the Juneteenth Celebration.

Juneteenth 2020 Photo Gallery

Lafayette in Black and White

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.

Why Learn?  Why Teach? Critical Thoughts.

Black history is American history. Full stop.

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.

Re-Blog Courtesy of The Root HERE