WHO IS BREE NEWSOME?
#FreeBree is trending all over social media in support of Bree Newsome, a 30-year-old youth organizer from Charlotte, North Carolina, who climbed the flagpole at South Carolina’s capitol building. Newsome was halfway up the 30ft pole when police demanded that she climb back down, but she continued upward, removed the flag, and was then arrested. She is out on bail now. Watch the video below of her removing the flag and scroll down for 5 details on where she came from.
1. Her father, Clarence G. Newsome, is a former dean at Howard University, trustee of Duke
2. She is a gradate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and received a BFA in Film & TV.
3. While at NYU, she wrote and directed a humorous PSA called Your Ballot, Your Voice encouraging young voter turnout. The PSA won the grand prize in a competition sponsored by Tisch and MTV. Her short film, Wake, won several awards on the film festival circuit and recently made its national television debut on the ASPIREtv network, notes Newsome’s website.
4. During high school in Columbia, Md., she created an animated short, The Three Princes of Idea, which earned her a $40,000 scholarship from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, according to her bio.
5. She was active in student government, serving as president of her class for her first three years and president of the student body as a senior, according to the high school yearbook.
“She was an absolutely lovely person, so sweet, but at the same time you could tell she wasn’t a pushover and she would stand up for things that were right,” says Ebony Hypolite, to the Baltimore Sun.