C. Shelby Rooks Lecture with Bree Newsome Bass

CTS is excited to announce Bree Newsome Bass as our 2020 Rooks lecturer for Thursday, October 22nd at 5:30 pm. Bree Newsome Bass is an artist, activist, and public speaker. She is an organizer in the modern civil rights movement and has helped develop several non-profit and grassroots organizations. In 2015, she attracted national attention when she scaled a flagpole at South Carolina’s capitol building to remove the Confederate battle flag in protest of systemic racism following the racially-motivated murders at Emanuel AME in Charleston. Her artistic work includes written, film, and performance pieces. She is the recipient of an N.A.A.C.P. Image Award, among other honors. 

Recently she was profiled on Democracy Now! and in the New York Times speaking about the significance of that moment in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Such events have sparked renewed activism for the removal of such symbols.

Donations for this event benefit the Center for the Study of Black Faith & Life (CSBFL). Founded in 2007, CSBFL connects with the larger Black Faith Community to inspire and encourage religious leaders committed to addressing the forces of oppression and dehumanization of the African American community and the world. CSBFL offers both degree and non-degree concentrations, along with the annual C. Shelby Rooks lecture that brings together the community to engage in religious and theological reflection on issues relevant to African American faith, freedom, and justice. Supporting CSBFL easy. Sharing this event and our crowdfunding page on your social media!