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Following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, three women - Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Khan-Cullors - came together to form an active response to the systemic racism causing the deaths of so many African-Americans.

They simply said: Black Lives Matter; and for that, they were labelled terrorists. In this empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Khan-Cullors and award-winning author and journalist Asha Bandele recount the personal story that led Patrisse to become a founder of Black Lives Matter, seeking to end the culture that declares Black life expendable.

Like the era-defining movement she helped create, this rallying cry demands you do not avert your attention. With a foreword by Angela Davis.

©2018 Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 2018 Asha Bandele (P)2018 Canongate Books Ltd

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Brilliant

Cannot recommend enough! I learned so much from this book and her story. Very well explained

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everyone needs to read this

she writes with passion and honesty about the brutality black people in America face throughout their lives. And about the love, hope and power of collective, grass roots organising and support for change. She is an amazing woman. Truly inspirational

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  • 05-02-2018

A human experience in the BLM movement

There has recently been an upswing of works relating to racism in the US, so it was only a matter of time that one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement spoke about this issue.

Patrisse Khan-Cullors is eloquent, and her experiences are truly harrowing. From watching her 12 year old brother being assaulted and harrassed by police officers, growing up in poverty, to being an adult and watching another brother being locked up for being mentally disabled. It is really quite horrifying to see the spectrum of violence that black bodies still endure even post-Jim Crow laws. Cullors will argue that this is but an extension of those days.

It is a timely piece, and one of the better writings on the topic, mixing activism and academia with her own memoir.

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  • 13-06-2021

Must Read For White Folk

This is a must read for every white person who thinks they are not racist. And also for those who’re people who identify as anti racists.
I’ve been wrangling with my inner fascism’s for years now and knew only the headlines of BLM’s origins and the fortitude of its founders. This was a very eye opening and useful primer.
But more than that, Ms Khan-Cullors narrative help me understand and digest and wrestle with my complicity in some of her experience of being black in America, and by what I am learning the UK and the rest of the world. Without asking for anything but offering you her heart on a plate, this amazing courageous woman takes us through her life story and how it shaped her to be in the time and place that called for Black Lives Matter to be established.
It is beautifully written and deep. Well worth the listen on every level.

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  • 19-06-2020

Thought provoking and passionate.

I appreciated hearing this book read by the author herself. It was interesting hearing about the birth of Black Lives Matter. Definitely food for thought.

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  • 06-01-2020

excellent

I am in awe of Patrisse and other queer black women. This book is an absolute must listen

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