Originally published in Castine Patriot, March 14, 2019 and Island Ad-Vantages, March 14, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, March 14, 2019
Conversation to focus on systemic racism
The Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait and educational project has announced in a news release that, with support from area organizations, it is bringing Bree Newsome and Maulian Dana for a conversation about race, gender, and social justice on March 30. The free public event will be held at The Bay School at 7 p.m.
Newsome became famous in 2015 when she climbed a flagpole outside the State House in Columbia, S.C., and took down a Confederate Flag. Days earlier, a white man had entered the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. and shot and killed nine black worshipers. Although arrested for her action, it led to the state legislature voting to remove the flag from the State House, according to the release.
Dana is the Tribal Ambassador of the Penobscot Nation and grew up on Indian Island on the Penobscot Reservation. As a founding member of the Maine chapter of Not Your Mascot, she has been the leading exponent for discontinuing the use of Indian mascots.
Newsome and Dana will be in conversation with Rob Shetterly, who painted Newsome’s portrait for the Americans Who Tell the Truth project and will be adding Dana to the collection. The conversation will focus on the legacy of systemic racism and what can be done to dismantle it.