On Wednesday, March 31 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist and abolitionist from Los Angeles, Ca., Patrisse Cullors, joins Sweet Briar College for a virtual conversation on her life experiences and work around social justice, art and community organization. The event is free and open to the public.
Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Patrisse has been on the frontlines of abolitionist organizing for 20 years. Since she began the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, it has expanded into a global foundation supporting Black-led movements in the US, UK, and Canada and has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. The significance of the Black Lives Matter movement has been recognized by The New York Times as the “largest movement in US history,” and TIME 100 named Patrisse as one of the 100 most influential people in 2020.
Patrisse has led multiple LA-based organizations such as Dignity and Power Now, Justice LA and Reform LA Jails. Each of these organizations have won progressive ballot measures, fought against a $3.5 billion jail plan, and implemented the first ever Civilian Oversight Commission of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
She is the faculty director at Prescott College, MFA in Social and Environmental Arts Practice, which she developed, nesting a curriculum focused on the intersection of art, social justice and community organizing that is the first of its kind in the nation.
Patrisse also co-produced the 12-part YouTube Originals series titled RESIST that premiered in November, and she signed a production deal with Warner Brothers, where she intends to continue to uplift Black stories, talent and creators that will continue to transform the world of art and culture.