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Patrisse Cullors

#BlackLivesMatter Lecture


  The Englert Theatre

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Box Office Hours

Tuesday - Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
(319) 688-2653

Ticketing: FREE and open to the public.


Join the University Lecture Committee, the Theme Semester, and the Vice President for Student Life for a lecture presented by Patrisse Cullors, Social Activist & Co-Creator of the viral Twitter hashtag and movement #BlackLivesMatter.

With an impressive resume of social activism in response to social injustices, Patrisse Cullors was inspired to action by the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Starting the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, Cullors (with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi) prompted activism nationwide and introduced the banner under which this generation’s civil rights movement marches.

An established community leader and performance artist trained under the founder of politically expressive theater, Cullors raises awareness to issues—specifically law enforcement accountability—through a blend of activism and art. In 2011, she developed STAINED: An Intimate Portrayal of State Violence, a traveling art piece exposing the realities of her incarcerated brother’s abuse by law enforcement; her awareness efforts led her to establish Dignity and Power Now, which fights for incarcerated people, their families and communities. Also the Truth and Reinvestment Campaign Director for The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, she works to build response capacity of communities affected by state and law enforcement violence.

Cullors’ advocacy has earned her honors including the Mario Savio Young Activist Of The Year Award and recognition as a ‘New Civil Rights Leader For The 21st Century’ by the LA Times. In 2015, Cullors and her Black Lives Matter co-founders were honored with inclusion on The Root’s Top 100 List for the movement’s social and political impact. Cullors was also honored with the Berger-Marks Foundation 2015 Edna Award.

Delivering powerful perspective into the adversities inflicted by social injustice and discrimination, and her commitment to providing a voice to those who can’t be heard, Cullors educates and inspires audiences to organize and stand together to transform society into a world where the lives and contributions of all individuals are recognized equally.

This event is free and open to the public.

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