Post submitted by Harry Hawkins, Field Organizer HRC Mississippi
Recently, the BARS Institute invited HRC Mississippi to take part in a town hall and opening reception in Jackson, Mississippi. I had the opportunity to discuss the work HRC Mississippi has been doing over the past two years. I specifically highlighted our work against the “Religious Liberties Accommodations Act,” better known as HB 1523, which would allow individuals, religious organizations and private associations to use religion to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians.
The BARS Institute is an early childhood education intervention center and intellectual empowerment program for young boys of color living in the Jackson Metropolitan area. The BARS Institute aims to nurture lifelong learners who are valuable members of the world community. HRC Mississippi was honored to take part in this event to continue our intersectional work with all disaffected communities.
In keeping with the mission of the Institute, the town hall enabled the young boys at the BARS Institute, along with community members, to hear from city and organizational leaders and engage in dialogue about how to make Jackson a more inclusive place.
For more information on the BARS Institute you can go to their website and learn more about HRC’s work in Mississippi here.