Bree Newsome, a filmmaker, musician and activist is visiting Penn State on Monday, Feb. 29 in Heritage Hall.
From a young age, Newsome was very active in film, winning a college scholarship during her high school years for creating an animated short. She went on to graduate from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was heavily involved on campus.
Newsome gained national attention last June after climbing a flagpole on the South Carolina state house grounds and removing the Confederate Flag. Her act of civil disobedience put pressure on state leaders to remove the flag permanently, and the flag was removed for good in July of 2015.
Her activism and filmmaking abilities have won her numerous awards such as the ‘Outstanding Independent Short Film’ award in 2012 from the Black Reel Awards and the NAACAP Image Award – Chairman’s Award in 2016.
Newsome continues her social justice work by serving as a Western Field Organizer for the youth-led organization Ignite NC.
The lecture starts at 7:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall, located in the HUB-Robeson Center. The event is free and co-sponsored by the Center for Women Studies, Presidential Leadership Academy and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.