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January 31, 2020
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Time Details:
Friday, January 31st from 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Crowell Concert Hall
50 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06457
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Wesleyan MLK Commemoration with Bree Newsome

Friday, January 31, 2020

MLK Commemoration

Let us come together as a community to honor the civil rights legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s MLK Commemoration will be held on Friday, January 31st from 12:15 pm -1:15 pm in Crowell Concert Hall. This year our keynote speaker will be writer, producer, and activist, Bree Newsome. 

Bree Newsome is an artist who drew national attention in 2015 when she climbed the flagpole in front of the South Carolina Capitol building and removed a confederate battle flag that was originally raised in 1961 as a racist statement of opposition to the Civil Rights Movement and lunch counter sit-ins occurring at the time. The massacre of nine black parishioners by a white supremacist at Emanuel AME Zion Church in Charleston reignited controversy over South Carolina’s continued endorsement of a hate symbol. Newsome’s act of defiance against the culture of white supremacy has been memorialized in photographs, artwork and film and has become a symbol of resistance.