Inaugural SUMMIT Festival Featuring Bree Newsome

Friday, September 25, 2015

Bree Newsome, A SUMMIT LeaderStory 

"A conversation on Leading in a Global Society: Why the Liberal Arts Matter"


Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Gaines Auditorium, Presser Hall

Bree Newsome

Bree NewsomeCommunity Organizer and Activist who removed the Confederate Battle Flag from the S.C. State House Born with an artist’s soul and spirit, Bree Newsome has always been sensitive to the essential role that art and symbols play in shaping culture and consciousness. As she watched the funeral of Rev. Clemenza Pinkney, one of 9 people slaughtered in the name of white supremacy at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, SC, she recognized the message being communicated clearly by the US flag and the SC state flag at half-mast while the Confederate flag remained fully furled. Refusing to accept the premise of this image – that white supremacy is supreme, untouchable and invincible – she scaled the 30ft flagpole in front of the SC statehouse and removed the “stars and bars” declaring, “This flag comes down today!” Bree’s intention was to create a new image, a new symbol and a new consciousness of the power inherent in direct action. The iconic picture of her on the pole, flag in hand has become a touchstone of empowerment for disenfranchised people around the world.

A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Bree is an award-winning filmmaker (“WAKE”), writer, composer, singer, community activist and organizer but she does not see these as separate endeavors. “Art is activism and activism is art”, she insists, as she seamlessly blends her talents in pursuit of social and economic justice. Currently, she works as a western field organizer for IgniteNC, a project of the Southern Vision Alliance and she is a founding member of Tribe, a grassroots organizing collective dedicated to empowering underserved communities in Charlotte, NC. She has an unwavering belief in the power of the individual to make a difference and the utter inability of hate, injustice and inequality to survive the tidal wave that can be created by the collaboration and united action of individuals and groups committed to creating a better world.

Global Festival

Food, entertainment, activities

Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Woodruff Quad

A global celebration of food, music, dancing and more!
A family-friendly event!

Our global stage will feature:

SummitLeadershipDJ entertainment by WERC Crew
Bollywood Dancing by Sanam Studios
Belly Dancing by Atlanta Belly Dance Studio
African Dance and Drumming by Uhuru Dancers
Brazilian Dance and Drumming by Dance Brazil

TAPSNAP Photo booth onsite...Instantly Social; Utterly Fun!

Food & drink from around the world, including:
Hungarian and Caribbean desserts
Food trucks from Refugee Coffee and Auntie Pearl's Donuts
Beer and wine available for those 21+
and a special surprise treat!

FREE for ASC students, faculty & staff
Armbands will be distributed in advance in Letitia Pate Evans Hall.
ID is required for armband pick up.

Thursday, Sept. 24 - 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Faculty and Staff
Friday, Sept. 25 - 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Students, Faculty and Staff

Pre-purchase armbands for family members & guests.

$10 for ages 12+
$5 for ages 4-12
Free for ages 0-3

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Encourage your friends and neighbors to attend!
Armbands may also be purchased onsite.

BradleyWilliam A. Calder Fall Equinox Concert featuring The Scott Douglas Steel Band

Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Bradley Observatory

Dedicated in 1949, Bradley Observatory has long been a destination for adults and kids interested in learning more about the heavens. Listed as one of the 50 Best Things to Do in Atlanta in 2013, an Open House visit to Bradley Observatory is free and open to the public. Join us each month of the academic year for a lecture, a planetarium show and (weather permitting) observations with the Observatory's Beck Telescope. Open House events in September and March each year feature regional and national musical talent for the Fall and Spring William A. Calder Equinox Concert Series.

Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Open House events are at 8 PM, doors open at 7:30.