A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors has written a memoir, “When They Call You a Terrorist,” with co-author asha bandele, that is being published on Jan. 16, 2018. Khan-Cullors and bandele will be at BAM on Jan. 15, as part of a daylong festival in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., to discuss the work, reports Natasha Soto in Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

The memoir takes an intimate look at Khan-Cullors’ time growing up in Van Nuys, California. She weaves together stories of her supportive family and friends against the ever-present backdrop of systemic and institutional racism. She chronicles the effects disproportionate punitive action, lack of access to basic social and medical services, and a hostile police presence have had on her life and community.

In Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Soto writes that the writers and Rashad Robinson, executive director of the nonprofit The Color of Change, will discuss how Khan-Cullors’ “life experiences are connected to a larger system of racial inequality.”

For more on the authors, and the process of transmuting “personal pain into political power,” go to Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

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