Police Brutality | Community Organizer | Social Justice
Khan-Cullors’ first book co-written by Asha Bandele, is a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. A New York Times Best Seller – necessary and timely, Khan-Cullors’ story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Khan-Cullors and Bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.
In 2013, Patrisse Khan-Cullors co-founded the global movement with the viral twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter which has since grown to an international organization with dozens of chapters around the world fighting anti-Black racism. She’s received many awards for activism and movement building, including being named by the Los Angeles Times as a Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century.
Khan-Cullors has always been traveling on the path to freedom. Growing up with several of her loved ones experiencing incarceration and brutality at the hands of the state, she has since worked tirelessly promoting law enforcement accountability across the world while focusing on addressing trauma and building on the resilience and health of the communities most affected. At 16, Khan-Cullors came out as queer and moved out of her home in the Valley. She formed close connections with other young queer woman who were dealing with the challenges of poverty and being Black and Brown in the USA. She has also been on the front-lines of criminal justice reform for the last 20 years and is leading Reform LA jails, a ballot initiative that will be voted on in March 2020.
Faculty Coordinator: Reggie Williams, Professor of Philosophy
Brought to you in collaboration with the Levan Center for the Humanities’ Speaker Series and the BC African-American Initiative Committee.
The Bakersfield College Distinguished Speakers Series brings community leaders from around the world to Bakersfield whose achievements have had national and/or international significance.