Demonstrators are on their way to the nation’s capitol to protest against Mississippi’s use of Confederate images on the state flag.
Tomorrow is Flag Day, a time in which Americans are supposed to reflect on the adoption of the US flag and what it means. But some demonstrators are hoping to draw attention to Mississippi’s flag and its use of Confederate imagery.
Actress Aunjanue Ellis has been an outspoken critic of the flag, appearing at public events calling on officials to remove the flag. She hopes the demonstration will create a serious conversation about removing the Confederate battle emblem.
Ross Aldridge is with the Dixie Alliance, a conservative group working to protect the status of the current Mississippi flag. Despite Mississippi’s Declaration of Secession which names slavery as – quote -- the greatest material interest of the world, Aldridge told MPB News he believes attempts to change the flag are misguided.
In recent weeks, officials with the National Cathedral in Washington opted to remove Confederate images from stained glass windows. Also, the U-S House of Representatives voted to ban the Confederate battle emblem from flying over federal veterans cemeteries.