Civil rights advocate on tour, will speak at Green River College

Bree Newsome climbed the flagpole in front of the South Carolina statehouse to tear down the Confederate battle flag after the Charleston shooting.

A nationally-known civil right advocate will deliver her message Thursday evening on the Green River College campus in Auburn.

Bree Newsome will speak as part of Green River’s Artist and Speakers program. Her Feb. 22 talk begins at 6 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Student Union Building. The program is free and open to the public.

Immediately following Newsome’s talk, the GRC Prime Time Program will host a short discussion, facilitated by Prime Time instructor and Enumclaw resident Rich Elfers.

Newsome garnered national attention in June 2015 for her daring act of peaceful disobedience. Following the murder of nine black parishioners in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, she climbed the 30-foot flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate battle flag as a protest against racist symbolism.

Her subsequent arrest galvanized public opinion and led to the permanent removal of the flag.

The flag was originally raised over the South Carolina capitol dome in 1961, viewed as a statement of opposition to the civil rights movement and lunch counter sit-in protests occurring at the time.

Newsome removed the Confederate flag hours before a pro-flag rally was scheduled to take place. Newsome and a partner were charged with defacing a monument, a misdemeanor.

As a recognized voice on injustice and racial discrimination, Newsome – whose great-great-great-grandparents were slaves in South Carolina at the onset of the Civil War – brings to light the importance of leadership in building and sustaining social movements.

An artist/activist, Newsome keeps busy. A week prior to her Green River College appearance, she will make two stops in North Carolina, one at a high school and one at Davidson College. The day before her Auburn talk, she will speak at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts; and, on Feb. 26, she will be speaking at California State University.

More in News

Hardhats and heavy equipment continue to dot school grounds

Many students on the Plateau and in the valley have a lot to look forward to in the near future.

Free construction classes help make community connections

Building Beyond the Walls, an Enumclaw-based non-profit, offers folks of all stripes a way to learn new skills and form long-lasting connections through volunteer work.

Human remains identified as those of missing Enumclaw man

Kristian Burnstad was last seen alive on Feb. 7, 2017.

Golden anniversary celebration held in former maternity home

It’s estimated more than 600 babies were born in the Mahlin Maternity Home, now known as the Le Sorelle Inn in Buckley.

Patrols to emphasize districted driving over the weekend | Washington State Patrol

Don’t contribute to the rising rate of crashes and distracted driving fatalities.

Save time by buying Mount Rainier passes online

Now you don’t have to wait in line — just print your pass and home and enjoy the majesty of the park.

Bonney Lake to take action on water rate increases

The sewer rate increase, however, looks to still be up for debate, and will be addressed at a later date in committee.

Black Diamond police get little chief, too

The Black Diamond Police Department honored Jack Reich as their Police Chief for a Day.

East Pierce hosting annual open house Sept. 29

Don’t miss out on the free, family fun activities and demonstrations, like tearing a car apart with the jaws of life.

Most Read