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Louisiana could see changes to state motto, add song

Louisiana State Capitol Building
Posted at 2:40 AM, May 10, 2021

New proposals in the Legislature could change the history of Louisiana.

The House Judiciary Committee passed bills Thursday to establish a new state motto and add a new state "cultural" song.

Under the changes, a new state "cultural" song would be added. It would be “Southern Nights,” a song written by the late New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint. The state song is "You are my Sunshine," and that wouldn't change. Toussaint's song would be the state's "cultural" song.

The new motto would change from Union, Justice, Confidence,” to “We live and die for those we love.”

The proposal for the new motto passed by a vote of 10-2, with committee members adding that the new statute would not require any official state flags, buildings or seals to be corrected.