Actress Aunjanue Ellis Sends Powerful Message About Mississippi Flag on Red Carpet

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The actress rocked a sheer dress with gold letters emblazoned on the chest reading, "PRESIDENT OBAMA TAKE IT DOWN," referring to the Mississippi's state flag which still depicts the confederate battle symbol.      

Quantico actress Aunjanue Ellis is trying to send a message to president Obama and she's using her red carpet style to do it.

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On Tuesday, the actress attended the Gracie Awards in a sheer dress with gold letters emblazoned on the chest reading, "PRESIDENT OBAMA TAKE IT DOWN."

The message refers to Mississippi's state flag which still depicts the confederate battle symbol.

In 2001 citizens voted against replacing the flag with a new design that would exclude the symbol. In 2015 Mississippi governor Phil Bryant signed a proclamation declaring April Confederate Heritage Month -- just six months after the massacre of nine African Americans in a South Carolina church.

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Ellis, who won a Gracie Award for her role in the BET miniseries "The Book of Negros," believes it is now President Obama's responsibility to remove America's last confederate flag.

In March she penned an opinion piece for Time magazine titled "If Mississippi Won't Take Down the Confederate Flag, Obama Should."

A picture of the Mississippi native wearing a dress featuring the same bold message at the 47th NAACP Image Awards held the month before accompanied the article.

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"Me wearing a dress is a very small thing to do, but it is a way to start a conversation," she told NBCBLK.

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