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Freedom Center leader: Daughter was expressing her passion when she took down Confederate flag

(Source: The Sparrow Project, Twitter) (Source: The Sparrow Project, Twitter)
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The father of the woman charged with bringing down the Confederate flag on South Carolina's state capitol grounds over the weekend said his daughter was expressing her passion. 

Activist Bree Newsome's family ties and civil rights roots stretch all the way back to Cincinnati. Her father, Clarence G. Newsome, has been the president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center since 2013.

"As a father, my first priority is the safety and well-being of my daughter," he said in a prepared statement Monday. "Raised as a person of conscience, Bree chose to express her passion in the tradition of Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and countless others who took a stand for freedom. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center welcomes the opportunity to discuss the confederate flag's meaning, both past and present, and the impact the flag has on current conversations regarding race relations and civil rights."

Bree Newsome of Raleigh, North Carolina, was about halfway up the more than 30-foot steel flagpole just after dawn Saturday when State Capitol police told her to come down. 

She kept climbing and removed the flag before returning to the ground. 

Newsome and another man, James Ian Tyson, 30, of Charlotte, were arrested.

According to her website and social media accounts, “Bree” Newsome is also a singer, songwriter, author, speaker and activist. 

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