Contemporary civil rights icon Bree Newsome will speak Friday, April 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Arkansas Union Verizon Ballroom located on the fifth floor of the Arkansas Union. The lecture, "Tearing Hate from the Sky," will discuss how ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference with courage, zeal and the support of others.
Newsome first garnered national attention for her daring act of peaceful disobedience in June 2015. She 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. 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.