What We Do

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

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Remembrance Soil Collection Ceremony for Antone Domingue

Remembrance Soil Collection Ceremony for Antone Domingue

Rev. Zach Sasser officiates the remembrance soil collection ceremony held for Antone Domingue, lynching victim.

On Saturday, December 4, 2021, the Move the Mindset Equal Justice Initiative Committee held a remembrance soil collection ceremony for lynching victim Antone Domingue in Carencro, LA. MTM President Frederick Prejean and EJI Committee Chair Ian Beamish served as co-liasons for the event. Rev. Zach Sasser presided over the ceremony.

The ceremony was conducted as part of the Equal Justice Initiative’s nation-wide Community Remembrance Project, which seeks to memorialize the victims of racial violence and foster meaningful dialogue about race and justice.

Another remembrance soil collection ceremony is planned for next year in Youngsville, LA to memorialize racial violence victim Ovide Belizaire.

Jim Crow Mouton Statue Is Removed!

Jim Crow Mouton Statue Is Removed!

Confederate Mouton statue removed from downtown Lafayette: ‘It represents freedom’

The Jim Crow Alfred Mouton Statue was removed from Downtown Lafayette on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Crowds assembled to celebrate its removal

Soil Collection Ceremony for Louis Sinclair

Soil Collection Ceremony for Louis Sinclair

March 27, 2021

Carencro, LA

The Lafayette Parish Coalition of the Equal Justice Initiative hosted a soil collection ceremony for Louis Sinclair, who was lynched on March 24, 1896.

Soil Collection Ceremony for Louis Sinclaire, March 27, 2021
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SPLC Article on Move the Mindset

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.

Read the SPLC article on Move the Mindset.