Vicksburg Mayor receives AFPI Medal of Freedom Award

Published 10:01 am Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. attended the America First Policy Institute Black History Month celebration at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in downtown Jackson on Tuesday and was among the recipients awarded the AFPI Medal of Freedom award. 

Flaggs is in his third term as Mayor for the City of Vicksburg and said he prides himself on providing the City with a transparent city government that is committed to growth, prosperity and creating a city that is a model for all cities in the State of Mississippi. Flaggs added that he is honored to receive the Medal of Freedom Award and recognizes that “not long ago, we could not congregate in a room together like we did. Segregation divided us. Now, we must continue moving forward and working for generations to come so we can understand the history and how far we’ve made it.” 

The AFPI is a non-profit, non-partisan institute that focuses on liberty, free enterprise, national greatness and the primacy of American workers, families, and communities. Dr. Alveda C. King, Chair member of the AFPI and niece of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. attended the Black History Month celebration.

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The event was led by former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, and other notable recipients of the Medal of Freedom award include Wanda Evers, niece of the late Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers; James Meredith, the first African American student admitted to Ole Miss; Bishop Henry Joseph, founder of the “Proclaim a Christian” publication and Bishop Vincent Matthews, President of the Church of God in Christ World Missions which is known in 112 countries worldwide.