Alicia Garza is a writer, public speaker, and freedom dreamer who is currently the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. Garza, along with Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, also co-founded the Black Lives Matter (BLM) network, a globally recognized organizing project that focuses on combatting anti-Black state-sanctioned violence and the oppression of all Black people.
As a queer Black woman, Garza’s leadership and work challenge the misconception that only cisgender Black men encounter police and state violence. Garza emphasizes: In order to truly understand how devastating and widespread this type of violence is in Black America, we must view this epidemic through of a lens of race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Since the rise of the BLM movement, Garza has been featured in Time, Elle.com,Essence, Democracy Now!, and The New York Times, and her work has received numerous recognitions.
Garza will be introduced by Premilla Nadasen, associate professor of history.