Jan 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017
04:00PM 04:00PM The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance at Emory University: University Event Topic: Arts,Community,Humanities,Student & Campus Life School: Emory College Department/Organization: African American Studies Building/Room: Dobbs University Center (DUC) Speaker/Presenter: Bree Newsome Cost: Free Contact Name: Jessi Nalbantyan Contact Email: aas@emory.edu Link: http://aas.emory.edu/home/events/index.html The Emory community is invited to join us in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with community organizer and artist, Bree Newsome. Born with an artist’s soul and spirit, Bree Newsome has always been sensitive to the essential role that art and symbols play in shaping culture and consciousness. During the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinkney, one of 9 people slaughtered in the name of white supremacy at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, SC, Bree recognized the message being communicated clearly by the US flag and the SC state flag at half-mast while the Confederate flag remained fully furled. Refusing to accept the premise of this image – that white supremacy is supreme, untouchable and invincible – she scaled the 30ft flagpole in front of the SC statehouse and removed the “stars and bars” declaring, “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. This event is free and open to the public. Co-Sponsored by the Hightower Fund, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Department of Film & Media Studies, Department of Sociology, and Laney Graduate School + Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center, 3rd Floor Campus Events
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04:00PM 04:00PM The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance at Emory University: University Event Topic: Arts,Community,Humanities,Student & Campus Life School: Emory College Department/Organization: African American Studies Building/Room: Dobbs University Center (DUC) Speaker/Presenter: Bree Newsome Cost: Free Contact Name: Jessi Nalbantyan Contact Email: aas@emory.edu Link: http://aas.emory.edu/home/events/index.html The Emory community is invited to join us in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with community organizer and artist, Bree Newsome. Born with an artist’s soul and spirit, Bree Newsome has always been sensitive to the essential role that art and symbols play in shaping culture and consciousness. During the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinkney, one of 9 people slaughtered in the name of white supremacy at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, SC, Bree recognized the message being communicated clearly by the US flag and the SC state flag at half-mast while the Confederate flag remained fully furled. Refusing to accept the premise of this image – that white supremacy is supreme, untouchable and invincible – she scaled the 30ft flagpole in front of the SC statehouse and removed the “stars and bars” declaring, “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. This event is free and open to the public. Co-Sponsored by the Hightower Fund, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Department of Film & Media Studies, Department of Sociology, and Laney Graduate School + Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center, 3rd Floor Campus Events
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