Alicia Garza - "The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart" - Virtual Event

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza will discuss The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.

Presented in partnership with Chicago Humanities Festival

Virtual event

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About the book: In 2013, Alicia Garza wrote what she called “a love letter to Black people” on Facebook, in the aftermath of the acquittal of the man who murdered seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin. Garza wrote: Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter. With the speed and networking capacities of social media, #BlackLivesMatter became the hashtag heard ’round the world. But Garza knew even then that hashtags don’t start movements—people do. Long before #BlackLivesMatter became a rallying cry for this generation, Garza had spent the better part of two decades learning and unlearning some hard lessons about organizing. The lessons she offers are different from the “rules for radicals” that animated earlier generations of activists, and diverge from the charismatic, patriarchal model of the American civil rights movement. She reflects instead on how making room amongst the woke for those who are still awakening can inspire and activate more people to fight for the world we all deserve. This is the story of one woman’s lessons through years of bringing people together to create change. Most of all, it is a new paradigm for change for a new generation of changemakers, from the mind and heart behind one of the most important movements of our time.

About the author: Alicia Garza is the founder of Black Futures Lab and the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s premier voice for millions of domestic workers in the United States. She is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Global Action Network and Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism. Her new book is The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.

Event Location: 
Virtual