La. students rally against Miss. flag _lowres

Photo provided by Nicolette Gordon -- Teanna Lee, left, of St. Helena College and Career Academy, and Lamarquez Walls, middle, of Kentwood High Magnet School lead a chant during the One Flag for All March on Oct. 11 in Jackson, Mississippi. The march and rally were held in an effort to show support for Initiative 55, which calls for the removal of the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag.

Students from Kentwood High Magnet School and St. Helena College and Career Academy traveled to Jackson, Mississippi, Oct. 11 to participate in the One Flag for All Mississippians March and Rally.

Joining them were Southern University Agricultural Center Assistant Area Agent Nicolette Gordon, youth coordinator Toni Melton and St. Helena College and Career Academy civics teacher Idella Smith.

The 20 students were engaged during their civics classes on the importance of letting their voices be heard and the many ways they can get involved in issues, a news release said.

The march and rally were organized by local leaders across the United States and led by South Carolina state Rep. Jenny Horne, rapper and former Southern University Student Government Association President David Banner and civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams. The event was to show support for Initiative 55, which calls for the removal of the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi flag.

The march began at the intersection of J.R. Lynch and Rose streets and ended at the steps on the south side of the Mississippi State Capitol, where the rally lasted for nearly two hours.