Community Read Alert: When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
When: Beginning September 17
Format: Personal journaling and virtual group discussions
About the book: Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands of law enforcement. For Patrisse, the most vulnerable people in the country are Black people. Deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by a criminal justice system serving a white privilege agenda, Black people are subjected to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality. In 2013, when Trayvon Martin’s killer went free, Patrisse’s outrage led her to co-found Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.
Condemned as terrorists and as a threat to America, these loving women founded a hashtag that birthed the movement to demand accountability from the authorities who continually turn a blind eye to the injustices inflicted upon people of Black and Brown skin.
Championing human rights in the face of violent racism, Patrisse is a survivor. She transformed her personal pain into political power, giving voice to a people suffering inequality and a movement fueled by her strength and love to tell the country—and the world—that Black Lives Matter.
When They Call You a Terrorist is Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele’s reflection on humanity. It is an empowering account of survival, strength and resilience and a call to action to change the culture that declares innocent Black life expendable.
This book centers on the experience of Black Americans, specifically, the lived experience of the author Patrisse Khan-Cullors. If you have an earnest interest in continuing your anti-racist journey, join us as we consider the impact of systemic racism on Black Lives and what actions we can take to influence positive change.
The project format is still being finalized but folks who are interested in participating should sign up for more info using the form below.
Participants should expect a September start date. Individually, we will use a reflection guide separate from the book to write prompts to journal on our personal experiences or learnings. Together, we will connect via Zoom for a conversation about the topics.
If you are interested in learning more about participating in this community read of When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, please fill out the following and we will be in touch with more information soon: