Moss Point School District superintendent Shannon Vincent received a letter on June 16 from an attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation — a Madison, Wisconsin-based group which focuses on the separation of church and state.
The letter called into the question the actions of the annual youth summit Gulf Coast MLK celebration.
Within the letter, the attorney questioned the event being held on school grounds at Magnolia Middle School and said that Communications Director Ja’Leasa Walden booked the event, advertised, and attended the event in her official capacity, while introducing Vincent as superintendent.
While the event was supposed to be explicitly about the legacy of MLK, the letter stated Walden’s “personal friend”, a pastor, “subjected district students to a sermon in which he implored them to do God’s work.”
Calls placed to Walden and Vincent from The Mississippi Press were not returned Monday evening. Walden emailed the Mississippi Press and stated, “The letter has been turned over to the school board attorney for a response.”