The Reconciliation Committee of Meridian receives state award

Nov. 21—Meridian's Reconciliation Committee was recently honored with a Luminary Award at Mission Mississippi's Living Reconciled Conference. Stacey Miller and her mother Jinnell Miller accepted the award on behalf of the group during the evening banquet.

The organization awarded Luminary Awards to "individuals and organizations who have shown unwavering dedication, commitment, and leadership in driving positive change and fostering reconciliation in the context of racial healing." The organization said that Miller's "remarkable efforts have not only contributed to the advancement of these important initiatives within Mission Mississippi but have also had a significant impact on the broader community."

In addition, Stacey served as a panelist along with Wade Phillips in an afternoon breakout session entitled "From a Moment to a Movement: Sustaining a Reconciliation Movement in my City."

Miller and Phillips serve as the co-chairs of the Meridian Chapter of Mission Mississippi.

Meridian's Reconciliation Committee was formed with the goal of healing division within the community and promoting togetherness following a 2003 mass shooting at Lockheed aeronautical plant in which an employee killed six people and wounded eight before killing himself.

The committee plans and hosts an annual Reconciliation Week featuring a prayer breakfast, motorcycle parade, lemonade day and more.