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Patrisse Khan-Cullors in conversation about #BlackLivesMatter

Manchester Literature Festival is delighted to welcome Patrisse Khan-Cullors to Manchester to discuss her illuminating memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir. She will be in conversation with Manchester Literature Festival Patron, writer and poet Jackie Kay.

One of the most prominent activists of her generation, Patrisse is an artist, organizer and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, California. She’s also a Fullbright scholar, an NAACP History Maker and a Los Angeles Times’ Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century. Patrisse began her journey as a community organizer at sixteen and has co-founded several activist and civil rights movements in the US, including Dignity, Power Now and Black Lives Matter.

Co-written with author and journalist Asha Bandele, When They Call You a Terrorist is a courageous and extraordinary account of survival, strength and resistance. Informed by Patrisse’s personal story and experiences, her memoir shows what led her to become a founder of Black Lives Matter, seeking to end the culture that declares black life expendable. From accounts of the brutal treatment of family and friends by the State, to the severe socio-economic disadvantages handed to those born in black majority communities; dismaying personal experiences of racial and LGBTQ+ stigma to Patrisse’s first community campaigns as an intersectional feminist activist, When They Call You a Terrorist builds a deep understanding of the cultural drivers of structural inequality, oppression, misogyny and racism, and why they need to be actively addressed from the ground up.

Join us to hear Patrisse discuss her necessary and timely memoir, the aims and actions of #BlackLivesMatter and how the movement has expanded to mobilise activists across the world. This event is in partnership with the Centre for New Writing.

Doors open at 6.30pm, event starts at 7pm

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