Protesters want to nix Confederate sign on Mississippi flag

Protesters plan to gather outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to say the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is a vestige of slavery and Congress should erase it.

Among the scheduled speakers for the Flag Day rally is Aunjanue Ellis, an actress who lives in Pike County, Mississippi, where she grew up. One of the stars of the ABC series “Quantico” and the 2011 movie, “The Help,” Ellis said the Mississippi flag is a national issue because Americans shouldn’t spend tax dollars on a symbol tied to slavery and the Ku Klux Klan.

“This country presents itself as this beacon of hope and opportunity and equality and race-transcendence to the world,” Ellis told The Associated Press last week. “We can’t say that and, ‘Well, with the exception of Mississippi.'”