Attorney General Jim Hood will speak about the future of Mississippi in an event hosted by the Ole Miss College Democrats at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Overby Center Auditorium.
Adam Flaherty, Ole Miss College Democrats president and senior philosophy major, said Hood’s focus will be on promoting unity within the state.
“He really wants to come to talk to young people to make the state better,” Flaherty said. “It’s not really going to be political. It’s going to be more about speaking to the future leaders of Mississippi, and what we can do to work together to solve problems in the state.”
Flaherty said he began planning Hood’s campus visit after meeting the attorney general by chance not too long ago.
“It’s a funny story, actually. I ran into Attorney General Hood randomly at dinner and told him we would love to have him come speak at Ole Miss,” Flaherty said. “Someone from his office got in touch with one of our executive board members and basically said it was something he was very interested in doing.”
Sophomore chemistry major Holly Horton said she hopes Hood will speak about the controversy over the state flag on campus.
“There has been a ton of controversy over the Confederate flag at this university, especially this past year,” Horton said. “I am interested to see if he will touch on that at all and listen to his ideas about coming together.”
Flaherty said Ole Miss College Democrats are excited about Hood’s visit.
“We’re very excited to have the attorney general come. He has served the state of Mississippi for a while and has done well,” Flaherty said. “I think it will be good to get his perspective from someone who has served a long time, and I am hoping he can give us a direction we can go in as a state.”