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Date and Time
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

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In January 2021, Mississippi replaced its state flag, the culmination of a process that saw years of debate, protest, and fervid disagreement. Join us on May 16 for an event cohosted by the Cato Institute, Sphere Education Initiatives, and the Moral Courage Project. We’ll explore the political and social environment surrounding the flag debate and examine the skills of productive disagreement through the story of Genesis and Louis, two young people who came together to understand and learn from each other in these polarizing times.

The event will be held in person at the Cato Institute and streamed live online, and will feature:

  • a screening of the 30‐​minute documentary Mississippi Turning, which will be released publicly later this year; and
  • conversations with the film’s star, the film’s executive producer, and a leading figure in Mississippi politics.

Reception to follow.



Opening Remarks

Allan Carey, Director, Sphere Education Initiatives
Irshad Manji, Founder, Moral Courage College


Screening of Mississippi Turning


Fireside Conversation

Genesis Be, Activist; Founder, People Not Things
Russ Latino, Founder, Magnolia Tribune
Irshad Manji, Founder, Moral Courage College

  • Moderated by Allan Carey, Director, Sphere Education Initiatives

Question and Answer


Closing Remarks