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Bree Newsome: Modern day activist

Writer, activist, speaker, director, producer, singer and songwriter just to name a few skills of the multi-talented Bree Newsome exceeds in. She is truly more than that in today’s world. Newsome follows in long tradition of women activists. Newsome maybe new to some but she is not new to the world of activism. Newsome unapologetically climbed a flagpole in Columbia, South Carolina removing the Confederate flag hanging near the state capital. Showing us that she is truly a millennial freedom fighter, “This flag comes down today!” Bree’s intention was to create a new image, a new symbol and a new consciousness of the power inherent in direct action. The iconic picture of her on the pole, flag in hand has become a touchstone of empowerment for disenfranchised people around the world.

Newsome is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts, where she received a BFA in Film & Television. Her undergraduate work as a student, earned her a spot to serve as the first-ever Artist in Residence at Saatchi & Saatchi, a global creative communications and advertising company headquartered in New York. Newsome created an animated short, THE THREE PRINCES OF IDEA which earned her a $40,000 scholarship. Newsome wrote her first song at the age of 7--the same year she started piano lessons. She began writing music for her middle and high school bands and orchestras even before her first formal lesson in composition at the renowned Peabody Conservatory at age 13. A year later, Newsome's six-part choral piece Revelation 21:4 was performed by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

She has an unwavering belief in the power of the individual to make a difference and the utter inability of hate, injustice and inequality to survive the tidal wave that can be created by the collaboration and united action of individuals and groups committed to creating a better world. To find out more about Bree and our 2017 NASPA Annual Conference key speakers click here.

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