Mississippi is “Happy”

WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS VIDEO! Sure, it’s another one of those “happy” videos that have used the popular Pharrell Williams anthem on Youtube, but this one is different! Why? Because unlike the other thousands of videos, it questions EVERY negative stereotype about an entire state and an entire region of people.

Our state is steeped like a tea bag in a very large cup of history and tradition that is both bitter and sweet. Did you know that Mississippi has been extremely influential in music, sports, movies, medicine, & civil rights? Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Rice, B.B. King, Medgar Evers, & Morgan Freeman were all born here. John Grisham graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Dr. James D. Hardy performed the first heart transplant surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1964. That same year, “Freedom Summer”, a HUGE part of the Civil Rights Movement, happened in Mississippi. We could go on and on, but we digress.

This video shows the positive side of Mississippi. It shows the Mississippi that you don’t know about. These are the faces of Jackson, Vicksburg, Biloxi, Oxford, Hattiesburg, & so many other cities littered across our wonderful state. No, we are not perfect, but here’s what we are: friendly,diverse, creative, community oriented, and HAPPY!

Check out the #Happy video below and tell us what you think! Can you recognize some of the locations used? You may even know some participants! Don’t forget to share this video & spread the love!

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