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Featuring Co-Founders Alicia Garza & Patrisse Cullors

Outraged by the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors (together with Opal Tometi) took to social media to express their anguish and love for the black community. It was then that they turned the powerful words “Black Lives Matter” into a social media phenomenon and an organizing network that boasts more than 26 chapters internationally. #BlackLivesMatter has evolved into the banner under which this generation’s human rights movement marches.

Join Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors for a talk on #BlackLivesMatter, a banner with which many of this generation’s human rights movement marches. Presented by the Women’s Resource Center, Associated Students Program Board, AVC for Diversity & Inclusion, the LGBT Resource Center, The WELL, African Student Programs, the Center for Ideas and Society, and the Assistant Dean of Campus Life.

Currently the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Garza previously served as Executive Director of People Organized to Win Employment Rights, where she led the charge on significant initiatives, including organizing against the chronic police violence in black neighborhoods.

An established community leader and performance artist trained under the founder of politically expressive theater, Cullors raises awareness to issues—specifically law enforcement accountability—through a blend of activism and art. She’s developed STAINED: An Intimate Portrayal of State Violence; established Dignity and Power Now, which fights for incarcerated people, their families and communities; and is the Truth and Reinvestment Campaign Director for The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

In 2015, the Black Lives Matter co-founders were honored with inclusion on The Root’s Top 100 List for the movement’s social and political impact. In 2016, in recognition of their contributions to human rights, the Black Lives Matter co-founders received BET’s Black Girls Rock Community Change Agent Award, and were recognized among the world’s 50 greatest leaders by Fortune and POLITICO magazines.

Organized by Denise Davis, Director of UCR’s Women’s Resource Center


Free and open to the public. Complimentary parking available on the UCR campus in Parking Lot #1 (near the corner of University Ave and W. Campus Dr.)

Part of the Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies Project

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