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(CNN)Actress Aunjanue Ellis used the red carpet at the NAACP Image Awards on Friday to take a political stand.
The "Quantico" star wore a white dress emblazoned with the phrase "Take It Down Mississippi," a reference to ongoing debate over the state flag, the last in the country to incorporate the Confederate battle emblem. Designed by "Quantico" costume designer Sami Rattner, the dress included a red handprint next to the phrase.
Aunjanue Ellis was born in San Francisco, California. She graduated from the Brown University, and later attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
During her career, Ellis performed on Off-Broadway theater, appeared in many film, and had roles on television. In film, she is best known for her roles in "Men of Honor" (2000), "Undercover Brother" (2002), "Ray" (2004), and "The Help" (2011). On television, Ellis has appeared regularly in "The Mentalist" and her most significant role on the 2015 award-winning mini-series, "The Book of Negroes".