Locals discuss race relations

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Reconciliation Week wrapped up Friday morning with the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast at Meridian City Hall.

After the breakfast a panel discussion about race relations was held. Among those featured was the head of Mission Mississippi, Neddie Winters.

The breakfast is part of ongoing efforts by Mission Mississippi Meridian to improve race relations locally.

"Reconciliation is needed now more than ever," says Winters, "because what we find ourselves in is that the more we've progressed, the more we haven't progressed as it relates to relationships."

"We believe the Gospel has the ability to bring people together," says the Rev. Wade Phillips with Mission Mississippi Meridian. "Paul says there's neither Jew nor Greek, nor slave, nor free, nor male or female and that we're all one in Christ. We believe because we are one in Christ we ought to start acting like we're one in Christ."

Mission Mississippi is a faith-based organization that is designed to bring people together to build relationships across racial lines so they can work together to improve their communities. The organization is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.