Activist Bree Newsome Coming to Campus
Newsome to deliver the 2019 MLK Memorial Lecture on April 8.
Activist Bree Newsome, who climbed a flag pole on South Carolina Statehouse grounds to take down a Confederate Flag in 2015, will be at SUNY Brockport April 8 to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture Series is free and open to the community. The lecture will start at 7 pm Monday, April 8, in the Seymour College Union Ballroom. The series, which began in 1985, seeks to bring scholarly examination to aspects of the African-American experience.
Newsome is an American filmmaker, musician, writer, speaker and activist.
She was motivated to pull down the flag by South Carolina’s continual use of it after the slayings of nine churchgoers at Emanuel AME Zion Church in Charleston. The Confederate flag was originally hung up on state grounds during the Civil Rights Movement in 1961.
She faced a misdemeanor charge for defacing a monument but ignited public outcry. Soon after, the former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to permanently remove the flag from statehouse grounds.
The lecture is sponsored by the Department of African and African-American Studies, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Promoting Excellence in Diversity, and Brockport Student Government.