Pine Belt pastors gather for Mission Mississippi meeting

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - For the past 20 years, a Mississippi organization's purpose has reflected  the message of Martin Luther King Jr's legacy.

So, it was only appropriate that Mission Mississippi met on this holiday, Monday afternoon. Mission Mississippi is an organization which encourages and demonstrates unity in the body of Christ across racial and denominational lines.

According to the president, Needie Winters pastors from all over the Pine Belt met at The Venue in downtown Hattiesburg to hear the group's mission of creating opportunities to help build reconciliation and healing in the Magnolia State.

Winters says it was a good day to discuss relationship building and understanding throughout communities.

"Absolutely. It was perfect to have this kind of meeting any day, but especially on the day we are celebrating 50 years of Medgar Ever's death, we're celebrating the president being inaugurated today and we're celebrating all the things that Martin Luther King stood for. It is an exciting day for me and it is an exciting day for Mississippi, and for our nation. We are moving forward together as it relates to race and reconciliation," said Winters.

On January 30 Mission Mississippi will host the Governor's Luncheon. The speaker will be Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of civil rights hero Medgar Evers.

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