Join us on Thursday, April 19th at 7 p.m. for an extraordinary dialogue between Michelle Alexander and Patrisse Cullors about the meaning and practice of liberation, the elusive quest for racial justice, and the necessity of building sustainable, revolutionary movements rooted in the awareness of the dignity and humanity of us all.
Patrisse Cullors is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter and author of the New York Times bestseller, When They Call You a Terrorist. This powerful memoir describes how her early life experience — growing up with several of her loved ones experiencing incarceration and brutality at the hands of the state as well as coming out as queer as a teenager — inspires her work. Cullors tirelessly promotes law enforcement accountability around the world while focusing on addressing trauma and building the resilience and health of the communities most affected from a place of love. She is the founder of Dignity and Power Now, as well as a performance artist, a popular public speaker, an NAACP History Maker and a Fulbright scholar with a degree in religion and philosophy. Cullors has 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.
Michelle Alexander is a Visiting Professor of Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary and the author of the The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
The Spirit of Justice is a public dialogue series dedicated to exploring what it will take to birth a new America, a nation in which every life and every voice truly matters. The last presidential election was a painful reminder that it is dangerous to view American history as a slow but steady march towards greater freedom, justice, and equality for all. The truth is far more complicated. But one thing is clear: Since the days of our nation’s founding, there have always been people who have courageously embraced and embodied a spirit of justice. People of all colors, backgrounds, and walks of life have, in various ways, shown up in American history as revolutionaries, challenging us to reimagine what dignity, justice, and equality ought to mean and forcing us to reconsider who should be considered worthy of our collective care, compassion, and concern. While some may wish to return to a time when most Americans had few rights and little hope for justice, The Spirit of Justice aims to amplify the voices of modern-day revolutionaries — artists, activists, scholars, healers, teachers and more — who are committed to moving forward in new ways with a keen understanding of the political history and moral dilemmas which brought us to this moment in time.