On May 19, 2019, Concordia College New York (LCMS) held its Celebration of Service. The College honored “Servant of Christ” Hawk Newsome, the Chairperson and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York.
The sun shone on May 19 as Concordia celebrated 325 graduates and their families, alumni, community members and special friends with events that highlighted the College’s remarkable diversity and its commitment to engaging across difference.
At the morning’s Celebration of Service, the Servant of Christ award was bestowed upon . . . Hawk Newsome ’03, President of Black Lives Matter Greater New York. , , ,
President John A. Nunes’s charge to the graduates implored students to channel their “justifiable dissatisfaction” with the world, and “to wake us up, to shake things up, and make this planet a better place.”
On February 12, 2020, Tomi Lahren interviewed Newsome on Fox Nation’s “No Interruption.” In an article about the interview, Matt London wrote that Newsome: “argued that his organization and others like it are justified in using destruction to call attention to their grievances with American society.”
Newsome said, “The riot is the language of the unheard.” He compared present day riots to the Boston Tea Party. “For a country that drops bombs on people, for a country that incarcerates people, for a country that enslaves people – to criticize us for vandalism is preposterous,” Newsome said.
In the “President’s Message” on the CCNY website, the college’s president, Rev. Dr. John Arthur Nunes says, “The College has chosen Civics and Civility as its theme for the 2019/2020 academic year.” In the interview with Lehren, Newsome said, “It is a tool of white supremacy to say if you want freedom, then you get it by protesting peacefully.”
Newsome took a group of Black Lives Matter of Greater New
York to Minneapolis during the riots in the last days of May 2020. “When the
fires were burning, and people were chanting, I just felt liberated for a brief
moment, and I felt for one of the only times in my life that the government had
no control over me,” said Newsome.
 Post, Concordia College New York Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/concordiaNY/posts/10157084130252707, accessed June 15, 2020.
 “Where Worlds Engage: Concordia College Holds Commencement Ceremonies for its 138th Academic Year,” May 20, 2019, https://www.concordia-ny.edu/about/news/1660017/where-worlds-engage-concordia-college-holds-commencement-ceremonies-for-its-138th-academic-year, accessed June 15, 2020.
 Matt London, “Black Lives Matter leader justifies rioting in interview with Tomi Lahren,” February 12, 2020, https://www.foxnews.com/media/black-lives-matter-president-riot, accessed June 15, 2020.
 London, op cit.
 John Arthur Nunes, “President’s Message,”” https://www.concordia-ny.edu/about/presidents-message, accessed June 15, 2020.
 London, op cit.
 Stephen Maugeri, “NY Black Lives Matter leader speaks on protests, riots after returning from Minneapolis,” 6 News WRGB Albany, June 2, 2020, https://cbs6albany.com/news/local/local-black-lives-matter-leader-speaks-on-protests-riots-after-returning-from-minneapolis, accessed June 15, 2020.