Patrisse Khan-Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Cofounder of Black Lives Matter and founder of Dignity and Power Now, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and an NAACP History Maker. 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 and the Sydney Peace Prize for her work with Black Lives Matter
In 2017 Patrisse accepted a book deal with St. Martin’s Press to publish her memoirs which was released in January 2018. The book is called When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir and was co-written with journalist asha bandele and has a forward written by Angela Davis.
In 2017 Patrisse was honored on ESSENCE&rdsquo;s first-ever #Woke100 List and was gifted with a Woke Award for her commitment to advancing representation and raising community issues around anti-Black racism and state violence. As a Black Lives Matter cofounder, Patrisse was awarded the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize “for building a powerful movement for racial equality, courageously reigniting a global conversation around state violence and racism, and for harnessing the potential of new platforms and power of people to inspire a bold movement for change at a time when peace is threatened by growing inequality and injustice.”
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