‘Tearing Hate from the Sky’ – Bree Newsome Delivers Annual Spirit of Democracy Service at First Parish

Submitted by First Parish, Unitarian Universalist

Editor’s Note: Click this link to read Senior Minister John Gibbons’ message about Sunday’s service

Bree Newsome - Image (c) WYFF.com 2016 all rights reserved
Bree Newsome – Image (c) WYFF.com 2016 all rights reserved

Activist and artist Bree Newsome from Charlotte, NC will be at the First Parish in Bedford on Sunday, October 16 at 10am for the annual Spirit of Democracy service. “Tearing Hate From the Sky” is her theme.  Newsome is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, composer, singer, community activist and organizer, and recipient of a 2016 Image Award ward from the NAACP.

On June 27, 2015, Newsome was arrested at the South Carolina State Capitol after scaling the 30-foot flagpole and unhooking the Confederate flag.  She said “This flag comes down today!” She is a leading activist in the Movement for Black Lives and a heroine of social justice.  “Art is activism and activism is art,” she insists as she blends her talents for social and economic justice.

Newsome is this year’s speaker for First Parish’s annual Spirit of Democracy sermon that honors the legacy of the late activist minister Jack Mendelsohn.  Previous speakers have included Kitty Dukakis, theologian Thandeka, human rights activist Bill Schulz, Boston Globe columnist Derrick Jackson, and others.

First Parish is at 75 The Great Road on the Bedford Town Common.  All facilities are accessible.

Following Newsome’s presentation, there will be Q&A and a lunch open to all.  Newsome is especially interested in meeting young adults interested in activism.

For more information, visit www.uubedford.org or contact First Parish at 781-275-7994.

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