Speaking before the vote, Democratic state Sen. "Let's vote today for the MS of tomorrow".
Senators celebrated with cheers, hugs and fist-bumps.
The Magnolia State is about to abandon its 126-year-old flag, which prominently features the Confederate battle flag, under the latest wave of public pressure.
The design that is to be submitted by September 14, 2020, will appear on the November ballot for the people of MS to vote on. "While the issue continues to be discussed, we've made the decision to remove the MS state flag from display in its current form from our stores".
Racial injustice has been the subject of a renewed and fiery national conversation in the U.S. since the death in May of unarmed African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer.
Confederate monuments have been taken down already and calls have come for others to follow. 'Let´s vote today for the MS of tomorrow'.
This flag will soon be changing.
"If you care about economic development and if you want to give MS the best chance to succeed and create opportunities. there's no doubt in my mind that we need to get rid of the flag with the Confederate symbol".
Almost four dozen of Mississippi's university athletic directors and coaches came to the Capitol to lobby for change.
"Now that this is gone, they will begin to look and see who the real MS is, and see that we are more than what that flag represents", Johnson said. "But we have to realize that this flag is a direct symbol of terror for our black brothers and sisters".
"We had a Black high school that was closed and we had to go to the all-white high school and trucks were riding around the parking lot with [Confederate] flags in the back and I knew then that I wanted a change", he said.
She told members if they voted for the amendment they were voting for the people's right to vote on a change of the flag, and if they voted against it they were saying that the people don't have the right to make the choice.
Protesters have also begun tearing down statues of Confederate generals and pro-slavery leaders, prompting harsh criticism and threats of prosecution from President Donald Trump.