2019 Featured Speaker
Community Organizer and Activist Who Removed the Confederate Battle Flag from the South Carolina State House
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
801 Conley Ave, Columbia, MO 65201
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This contemporary civil rights icon first garnered national attention for her daring act of peaceful disobedience in June 2015. Following the brutal murder of nine black parishioners at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Newsome climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate Battle flag as a protest against racist symbolism. Her arrest galvanized public opinion and led to the permanent removal of the flag.
As a recognized and celebrated voice on the topics of injustice and racial discrimination, Bree brings to light the importance of leadership development in building and sustaining social movements.
Also an accomplished filmmaker and musician, Newsome skillfully outlines the relationship between activism and art, and captivates audiences as she describes in cinematic detail the heroic gestures of ordinary people on the front lines of activism.
Free tickets for this event are avaialbe for pick up at the Missouri Theatre Box Office.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
South 9th Street, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211