Bree Newsome is an activist and filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. Newsome earned her BFA in Film and Television from the Tisch School of the Arts. She has written and directed a number of short films, including Your Ballot, Your Voice, a humorous public announcement encouraging youth voter turnout and Wake, which won a myriad of awards on the festival film circuit. Newsome also wrote, recorded, and directed a music video for her song “Shake It Like an Etch-A-Sketch!”, satirizing presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, and the Republican Party.
She is best known for her act of civil disobedience on June 27, 2015, when she was arrested for removing the Confederate Flag from the grounds of the South Carolina state house. Her act and the publicity that followed put pressure on state officials, who removed the flag permanently on July 10, 2015.