Tuesday, September 27, 2022

NAACP President Compares Bree Newsome to Rosa Parks

*Activist and filmmaker Bree Newsome became a national hero when she took down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina statehouse last Saturday. Now, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, has compared Bree to Rosa Parks.

In a statement filled with praise, Barber said:

“[Newsome] stands in a long tradition … Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and more recently hundreds of protesters in Moral Monday … were all considered, at first, criminals for their acts of conscience,” he said. “We stand in solidarity with her, and the deep commitment which she has to justice, love, and true inter-racial community. We stand with her as she is our family.”

“The flag is vulgar. Its removal is not only a small step, but an important symbolic one. Its vulgarity and representation of the racist, immoral defense of all slavery and Jim Crow not only should come down, but should have never been put up,” Barber wrote.

Newsome has a history of activism and protesting. She was one of six arrested in a protest against voter ID laws and participated in a sit-in at the statehouse. But when she took to the flagpole in full climbing gear, she captured the nation’s attention.

Bree has spoken for the first time since her fearless act of civil disobedience. She released statement exclusively to Blue Nation Review, saying:

“The day after the massacre I was asked what the next step was and I said I didn’t know. We’ve been here before and here we are again: black people slain simply for being black; an attack on the black church as a place of spiritual refuge and community organization. I refuse to be ruled by fear. How can America be free and be ruled by fear? How can anyone be?”

Read her full statement here.
Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.



  1. “The Audacious Woman!” There is a book out by Pamela Toussaint that aptly describes activist and filmmaker Bree Newsome, as well as Rosa Parks and other like-minded heroines: “The Audacious Woman.”

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