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Mississippi's State Flag Draws Hundreds of Protestors to Capitol Hill on Flag Day
ABC's "Quantico" and "The Help" actress unites with other celebrities, lawyers, and civic leaders against the Confederate emblem within the flag
By: Perfect Pitch Media Group
Ellis, a Mississippi native, supports Attorney Carlos Moore who filed a lawsuit against Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant under the 13th and 14th Amendments. Mississippi remains the only state in the Union that shares iconography with the KKK. Moore argues that the Confederate imagery violates the 14th Amendment protection of African-American residents. (Moore v. Bryant)
"The governor thinks this is a frivolous lawsuit but it's time we make a change in Mississippi. All the other southern states have seen the light but our state just doesn't get it," says Moore. "That flag is a symbol of hate, white supremacy and division in our country."
Actress Aunjanue Ellis, known for her role in The Help, Ray and ABC's Quantico, refuses any filming in the state until Mississippi removes its current state flag. "The Ku Klux Klan attacked my grandfather under that flag," says Ellis. "Take the debate of the 'heritage not hate of the Confederacy' out of it, because this is about choices the state made AFTER the dissolution of the Confederacy."
The United States Congress has authority under the 13th Amendment to outlaw any badge, incident, relic, or vestige of slavery. Besides the Mississippi state flag with the Confederate emblem, there are countless Confederate monuments on public property across the country.
Flag Day, established in 1916, is celebrated on June 14.
WHEN: Rally: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | RSVP: www.eventbrite.com
WHERE: U.S. Capitol | First Street, West Front Grassy Area Washington, DC
TIME: 11:00am - 1:00pm
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