alicia-garza

Alicia Garza, 1981- Present

Alicia Garza, 1981- Present

Alicia Garza, 1981- Present

Born in Oakland, California Alicia Garza is an American civil rights activist and writer who co-found the international Black Lives Matter movement with Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors. Garza is credited with inspiring the slogan following the July 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman of murder in the death of Travon Martin. Afterwards, she posted on Facebook: “I continue to be surprised at how little Black lives matter… Our lives matter.” Garza led the 2015 Freedom Ride to Ferguson, organized by Cullors and Darnell Moore, which launched the building of Black Lives Matter chapters across the United States and the world. Penguin Random House will publish Garza’s first book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart, in October 2020. Described as “an essential guide”, the book tells Garza’s story as an activist and shares lessons for future activists.

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  1. Alicia Garza, 1981- Present

    Born in Oakland, California Alicia Garza is an American civil rights activist and writer who co-found the international Black Lives Matter global network with Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors. Garza is credited with inspiring the slogan following the July 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman of murder in the death of Travon Martin. Afterwards, she posted on Facebook: “I continue to be surprised at how little Black lives matter… Our lives matter.” Cullors then led the 2015 Freedom Ride to Ferguson which launched the building of Black Lives Matter chapters across the United States and the world. Penguin Random House will publish Garza’s first book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart, in October 2020. Described as “an essential guide”, the book tells Garza’s story as an activist and shares lessons for future activists.

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