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Boycott Is Vowed Over Referendum on Flag

February 20, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Black civil rights leaders, along with union leaders and corporations, warned that they would boycott a statewide referendum on bringing back the old Georgia flag with its large Confederate emblem.

"Would you expect the Jewish community to participate in a campaign to raise the swastika?" said Joseph Lowery, former head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Georgia's Republican governor, Sonny Perdue, has proposed a vote in 2004 on whether to bring back the flag that flew in Georgia from 1956 to 2001.

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