JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared October as Racial Reconciliation Celebration Month.
Mission Mississippi and city leaders held a news conference Tuesday morning announcing the declaration.
They said the goal of Racial Reconciliation Celebration Month is to encourage citizens, local churches, and others to build stronger relationships with those of different races by participating together in various activities throughout October.
Cities across the state are expected to make similar declarations.
“We want people to be more intentional about building relationships outside their race by participating in different activities together, such as choir swaps, pastor swaps, etc.,” said Neddie Winters, president of Mission Mississippi. “This will not only make our communities stronger through fellowship, but we will gain a better appreciation for our neighbors by fostering diversity and encouraging dialogue.”