University at Buffalo Distinguished Speakers Series:
UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO'S
45TH ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMEMORATION KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Social Activist; Best-selling Author of “When They Call You A Terrorist”
& Co-Creator of the Viral Twitter Hashtag and Movement, #BlackLivesMatter
Wed., Feb. 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom
Artist, activist, educator, public speaker and Los Angeles-native Patrisse Cullors is the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and founder of the Los Angeles-based grassroots organization Dignity and Power Now. For the last 20 years, Cullors has been on the frontlines of criminal justice reform and led Reform LA Jails’ “Yes on R” campaign, a ballot initiative that passed by a 71% landslide victory in March 2020.
Cullors co-founded the global Black Lives Matter movement in 2013 after sparking the viral Twitter hashtag. The movement has since expanded into an international organization with dozens of chapters around the world campaigning against anti-black racism. In January 2016, Cullors published her memoir, “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir,” which became an instant New York Times bestseller. A young adult edition of the memoir is set to be published in September 2020. Cullors’ work for Black Lives Matter recently received recognition in TIME magazine’s 2020 100 Women of the Year project.
WBASNY WNY is a co-sponsor of this event.