Bree Newsome

Bree Newsome to Speak at The College of Wooster on Feb. 23

Free public event to be held in Gault Recial Hall of Scheide Music Center

10 February, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio — Bree Newsome, award-winning filmmaker, writer, composer, singer, activist, and community organizer will present, “Tearing Hatred from the Sky” on civil rights activism and removing South Carolina’s Confederate flag on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at The College of Wooster.  The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.).

Newsome is a graduate of New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, where she received a BFA in film and television. She has won many awards for her films and public service announcements. She is also the front-woman for the Charlotte-based funk band Powerhouse and also appears as a solo act, playing the keyboard and performing her original songs. She is currently at work on her debut album and recently released the song “Staystrong: A Lovesong to Freedom Fighters” inspired by her experiences as an activist and organizer in the modern civil rights movement. A staunch advocate for human rights and social justice, Newsome works as an activist and youth organizer in North Carolina, serving in the capacity of Western Field Organizer for the youth-led organization Ignite NC. 

Newsome’s lecture is hosted by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of International Student Affairs, the Office of the Provost, the Dean of Faculty Development, the Queer Student Union, Cultural Events, and the Black Student Association.

Additional information about Newsome’s lecture is available by phone (330-263-2129) or e-mail.