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.

The panel will discuss the Confederate flags history and symbolism.

“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.


Matt Comer

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