Today’s 30-minute walk is dedicated to a living legend, the fearless Bree Newsome Bass.
On June 27, 2015, Bree Newsome committed one of the greatest acts of civil disobedience seen in our lifetime when she scaled the 30-foot flag pole on the grounds of the South Carolina State House and removed the confederate flag. Carried literally by the faith of her ancestors, who’d been enslaved in South Carolina. Bree, a woman of just 30 with no training, made the ascent of a lifetime. She climbed up the flagpole in a defiant act of bravery and snatched down a flag that was raised as a symbol of protest against the civil rights movement and the fight for Black liberation.
The saying goes, “If not us, who? If not now, when?” After nine Black members of Emanuel AME Church were massacred during bible study by a white supremacist, Bree Newsome said she realized that now was the time for courage and she never looked back.
There is so much to learn from this young Black warrior queen, who upon reaching the top of the flag pole yelled down to the police below saying, “You come against me with hatred and oppression and violence. I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today.” That was some Miss Celie level, “until you do right by me,” energy that unleashed a wave of justice that five years later is still reverberating across this country as monuments to the confederacy continue to fall.
Bree Newsome is about that life and we’re going to get into it on today’s call! And by the end, you’ll be walking away with some strategies and ideas to not only help the revolution but to also start toppling the personal monuments in your own life. The monuments you have built to things and people that never served you and should no longer be allowed to take up space in your life.
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Sheri Jones-Moffett – Encourage Yourself:
Bree Newsome: Charlottesville is Latest Chapter in Long U.S. History of White Supremacist Terror: