“Patrisse Cullors: An Evening with Black Lives Matter”

January 30, 2017

On February 23rd at 7:00 PM in the Renaissance Coliseum-- African American Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, and the Sociology Club present, “Patrisse Cullors: An Evening with Black Lives Matter.” Please join us to hear a public lecture with Patrisse Cullors-- social activist, educator, artist and co-creator of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

An established community leader and performance artist, Cullors raises social awareness through a blend of activism and art.  Along with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, she ignited a national conversation about social injustice, systemic racism and state violence with the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter in 2013, prompting activism nationwide and introducing the banner under which this generation’s civil rights movement marches.

Her awareness efforts led her to establish Dignity and Power Now, which fights for incarcerated people, their families and communities.  She is also the Truth and Reinvestment Campaign Director for The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, where she works to build the response capacity of communities affected by state and law enforcement violence.

Cullors’ advocacy has earned her numerous awards and honors, including recognition as a “New Civil Rights Leader For The 21st Century” by the LA Times and distinction as an “NAACP History Maker” in 2015.  Cullors and her Black Lives Matter co-founders were honored with inclusion on The Root’s “Top 100 List” for the movement’s social and political impact. Cullors also received a Berger-Marks Foundation Edna Award, was named “Woman of the Year” by Glamour Magazine in 2016, and was named as one of Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders.”  A former Fulbright Scholar, she recently earned an honorary doctorate from Clarkson University.

Cullors educates and inspires audiences to organize and stand together to transform society into a world where the lives and contributions of all individuals are recognized equally.  This event is free and open to the public.  Doors are at 6:00 PM and lecture begins at 7:00 PM, followed by an audience Q&A. Please join a long list of campus and community co-sponsors as we welcome Patrisse Cullors to Bradley.