Diversity Newsletter: Remembering Black History

Stanton Hall NatchezDuring Black History Month, we would like to share this month’s Affinity newsletter, “Remembering Black History.” Natchez, Mississippi, is a city widely known for its tourism and antebellum architecture. But Natchez is also the site of a little known chapter of Civil War history. After the Battle of Vicksburg, the Union Army created a concentration camp in Natchez for tens of thousands of Black slaves freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. The camp was located in a natural pit known as the “Devil’s Punchbowl,” named after the natural way the region was shaped.

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MBLB strives to be a diverse law firm. Our goal is to create and maintain an environment that welcomes and fosters mutual respect for different perspectives, backgrounds and life experiences regardless of gender, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability. We are committed to ensuring that professional growth and advancement are based on capability and performance and recognize that a diverse workforce enriches our experiences and lends to our success. We value and support all who positively contribute to our practice and our community.

MBLB’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee members include members Alan Brackett, Mike Parks and Dan Sullivan along with associate JoAnn Hymel.

Among the initiatives the DE&I Committee has launched is the Affinity newsletter, which allows diverse voices and points of view to be shared, both within our firm and externally. The newsletter is intended to educate, particularly on historical diversity issues and their impact on or by the law. While these articles provide valuable perspective, they are not intended to espouse a position by the firm.

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