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Actress uses dress to make statement on Mississippi state flag

Aunjanue Ellis arrives at the 47th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Aunjanue Ellis arrives at the 47th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Red carpets are known for giving celebrities a platform to make fashion statements, but one actress used her gown to make her feelings known about the Mississippi state flag. 

Aunjanue Ellis, a Mississippi native, showed up to the NAACP Image Awards on Feb. 5 in a white gown displaying the phrase "Take it Down Mississippi." The dress was designed by costume designer Sami Rattner, according to BET.

Ellis is known for her work in "Ray," "The Help," "The Book of Negroes" and "Quantico"

Ellis first made her feelings known about the state flag in June 2015 when she created a coalition to avoid film-making ventures in the state until the flag was changed. 

Ellis declared the confederate flag emblem "a blatant symbol of oppression and inequality."

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