Activist who took down S.C. Confederate flag to speak in Charlotte Friday

Activist Bree Newsome, who shot to fame and praise after defiantly scaling a South Carolina Capitol grounds flag pole and removing the Confederate battle flag there, will speak at a community panel and education event in Charlotte on Friday.

The Harvey Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture will host Newsome for their discussion, “The Confederate Flag: A Symbol Divided,” Friday, July 31, 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the museum, 551 S. Tryon St., in Uptown Charlotte.

Joining Newsome for the discussion are: artists and Columbia rally speaker and artist Michaela Pilar Brown and UNC literary scholar Qiana Whitted.

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The panel will discuss the Confederate flags history and symbolism.

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“2015 may well become best known for the debate around symbolism and the Confederate flag,” the museum’s event description reads. “Seen as a representation of racism, violence and slavery by some the debate and action continues to swirl around what some regard as a symbol of proud heritage and Southern history.”

Tickets are free for museum members, $10 for non-members. Available online. Parking is available for a special rate of $5 in the Duke Energy garage or The Green.


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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.