Protesters gathered Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol called the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag a vestige of slavery and urged Congress to erase it.
"This is a stain on all of us," said 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 is a problem that is a stain on the United States of America," Ellis said.
House Republican leaders last week blocked...