Activist Brittany “Bree” Newsome was arrested on Saturday, June 27, after taking down the Confederate flag in front of the statehouse in Columbia, S.C. — and many artists are joining the conversation about her act with the hashtag #FreeBree on Twitter and Instagram.
“You come against me with hatred, oppression and violence. I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today,” Newsome can be heard saying in video footage of her climb up the 30-foot flagpole.
Newsome and fellow activist James Tyson, who was waiting to help her at the bottom of the flagpole, have been charged with defacing a monument, according to CNN. The flag was raised again less than an hour later. Newsome’s act occurred hours before a pro-flag rally was was scheduled to take place.
Bree Newsome! #freebree
— Nasir Jones (@Nas) June 27, 2015
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) June 27, 2015
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) June 27, 2015
— Big Boi (@BigBoi) June 27, 2015
— 9th Wonder (@9thwonder) June 27, 2015