Community Organizer and Civil Rights Activist to Speak at Virtual Event

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
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The public is invited to attend “Tearing Hatred from the Sky: A Lecture and Discussion with Bree Newsome,” Wednesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. The virtual lecture, which is free of charge, is being sponsored by Raritan Valley Community College’s Humanities, Social Science, Social Work, and Education (HSSE) Department.

Bree Newsome, a community organizer and activist who removed the confederate battle flag from the South Carolina State House, will discuss how a triumphant act of civil disobedience can spark a movement and inspire others to embrace activism.

This contemporary civil rights icon first garnered national attention for her daring act of peaceful disobedience in June 2015. Following the brutal murder of nine black parishioners at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, SC, Newsome climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate Battle flag as a protest against racist symbolism. Her arrest galvanized public opinion and led to the permanent removal of the flag.

As a recognized and celebrated voice on the topics of injustice and racial discrimination, Newsome brings to light the importance of leadership development in building and sustaining social movements.

Also an accomplished filmmaker and musician, Newsome skillfully outlines the relationship between activism and art, and captivates audiences as she describes in cinematic detail the heroic gestures of ordinary people on the front lines of activism.

Those interested in attending the event, which is being held via Zoom, should register at

For additional information about the program, contact Dr. Carl Lindskoog, chair of the HSSE Speaker Series Committee, at

Ranked by, and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute, and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, and professional development courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



April 6, 2021

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