Actress Aunjanue Ellis has been outspoken about the confederate flag in her home state of Mississippi and during Friday’s NAACP Image Awards, she made a bold fashion statement.
Ellis wore a white dress emblazoned with the phrase “Take It Down Mississippi,” a reference to ongoing debate over the state flag, the remaining state to incorporate the flag since South Carolina removed theirs.
In 2015, Ellis wrote in a Times article about the flag and hate it symbolizes. “The sum total of this state is not that flag,” she wrote.
“In a few years, when the civil rights museum is open in Jackson, I want to take my family there. When they ask about the flag of the KKK that is in photo after photo of violence against black bodies, I want to tell them what it is and what it should be: a relic. But before we walk in, I want them to look up and see a flag hoisted on the pole outside, the new Mississippi flag, a beautiful, proud one representative not just of heritage but of future, one in which we all can imagine for the state we love.”
A local chapter of the NAACP in Mississippi is also calling for the removal of the flag.
“Do the right thing,” Jackson County NAACP Director Curley Clark said, according to The Mississippi Press. “Do what needs to be done in order to portray the image that you most often speak of which is, ‘One Mississippi.’ You can not have this divisive symbol that divides us.