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        Today's Civil Rights Activists: Bree Newsome

        Arrested for taking down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina State House grounds in 2015, Bree Newsome describes how she became an activist, in this video from Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now. When Newsome first watched the Eyes on the Prize documentary series at age 13, she was struck by seeing young people in leadership roles organizing for change through voter registration drives and other activism. While she has always been politically conscious, Newsome says the Trayvon Martin case forced her from the sidelines and into the streets. She describes her own iconic moment, like Rosa Parks’ before her, as deliberately intended to capture attention and focus the conversation on human rights. This resource is part of the Civil Rights: Then and Now collection.

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