New Location! Portland High School Auditorium
March 29, 7 p.m.
Emlen Hall, Bay School, South Street, Blue Hill, Maine
March 30, 7 p.m.
The Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait and educational project and Maine Initiatives are excited to announce that we are bringing together Bree Newsome from North Carolina and Maulian Dana from the Penobscot Nation for a conversation about race, gender, and social justice on March 29th (in Portland) and 30th (in Blue Hill), 2019. Partners and supporters for this even include: Maine Initiatives, The Bay School, WERU, and Reversing Falls Sanctuary
Bree Newsome, then 30 years old, became famous in June of 2015 when she climbed the flagpole outside the State House in Columbia, South Carolina and took down the Confederate Flag. Several days earlier a white man had entered the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and shot and killed nine Black worshippers including their minister. Bree found it intolerable that the Confederate Flag, a symbol of slavery and white supremacy, continued to fly at the South Carolina capital and was not even lowered to half mast after the murders. Although she was arrested for her action, it lead to the state legislature voting to permanently remove the flag from the State House. In addition to her activism for racial justice, Bree Newsome is a community organizer, a musician, and an award winning filmmaker.
Maulian Dana is the current Tribal Ambassador of the Penobscot Nation. She grew up on Indian Island on the Penobscot Reservation. As a founding member of the Maine chapter of Not Your Mascot, Maulian has been the leading exponent for discontinuing the use of Indian mascots. She is active in preserving and teaching the customs of the Penobscot people.
Bree and Maulian will be in conversation with Rob Shetterly. Shetterly painted Bree’s portrait in 2017 for the Americans Who Tell the Truth project, and will be adding Maulian Dana, Tribal Ambassador of the Penobscot Nation, to the collection this spring. The conversation will focus on the legacy of systemic racism in the U.S. and what can be done to dismantle it. Comparisons will be drawn between the experiences of African Americans and Indigenous Peoples.
These public events will be held at Portland High School Auditorium on Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m. and in Emlen Hall at The Bay School in Blue Hill on Saturday, March 30, at 7 p.m. The events are free, but tickets are required for the Portland event. Register for Portland tickets here. Attendees at the events will be encouraged to donate in support of Americans Who Tell the Truth’s citizenship engagement programs in Maine schools.