For those of you who live in Mississippi, used to live in Mississippi, or simply wish you lived in Mississippi ... and especially for those of you who giggle at the mere mention of the name of Mississippi ... I'd like to share the following story.
A professional advertising/public relations firm in Mississippi, got tired of all the negativism and stereotyping aimed at our State from Hollywood and Madison Avenue. Donating their own time and money, they launched the Mississippi, Believe It! Campaign in 2005, by developing this collection of ads to be printed in the Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, and other publications. Posters have been placed in schools and universities and distributed at the annual "Mississippi in New York" event. The posters were also sent to select media personalities, such as Mississippi's own Shepard Smith, FOX News Anchorman.
Here is the collection of posters (please click on them to read the captions):
My husband and I were born and raised in West Monroe and Monroe, Louisiana, respectively, but chose Mississippi as the place to settle down and raise our family. It always angers me to hear biased and unfair negative statements made about our beautiful state, and I was so pleased to hear about the Mississippi, Believe It! Campaign. Hopefully, its positive and factual message has been successful in reaching and enlightening thousands of people about the real Mississippi ... the one that we who live here know and love.
The "Welcome to Mississippi" signs that greet our visitors say it best ...