When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, Patrisse Cullors’ first book cowritten by ashe bandele, is a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse’s story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.

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It is a story our nation desperately needs to hear, especially right now. Our country has been at war with its own people for decades…This remarkable book reveals what inspired Patrisse’s visionary and courageous activism and forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation.

– Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow


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Activist Khan-Cullors, one of the cofounders of the Black Lives Matter movement, draws a clear line from her early life to her political activism in this potent memoir, co-written with Bandele (The Prisoner’s Wife). Over the course of the book, she plots the hardships she and her family experienced on a larger map of social and racial injustice in America. Steeped in humanity and powerful prose, Khan-Cullors’s memoir describes her brother’s battle with mental illness, her father’s drug addition

 

Khan-Cullors, a self-described “artist, organizer, freedom fighter” as well as a Fulbright scholar and recipient of the Sidney Peace Prize, recounts, with coauthor bandele, her personal experiences and those as a founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Khan-Cullors delineates the harsh realities she faced growing up in Los Angeles in the late 1990s and early 2000s, from her mother working three jobs and still not able to earn a living wage to the grievous harm the war on drugs did to so many young black men, including her relatives and friends. She focuses on her fight to support one of her brothers, who showed signs of mental illness and received no professional help until after he endured multiple school suspensions, criminal arrests, and police torture

 

A founder of Black Lives Matter chronicles growing up sensitive and black in a country militarized against her community.With assistance from Bandele (Something Like Beautiful: One Single Mother’s Story, 2009, etc.), Khan-Cullors synthesizes memoir and polemic to discuss oppressive policing and mass imprisonment, the hypocrisy of the drug war, and other aspects of white privilege, portraying the social network-based activism of BLM and like-minded groups as the only rational response to American-style apartheid. She argues repeatedly and powerfully that mechanisms have evolved to ensnare working-class people of color from childhood, while white Americans…

 

Patrisse Khan-Cullors co-founded one of the most vital activist groups of recent years. Now, get to the heart of Black Lives Matter with her account of how the movement began, and marvel at the brilliance and persistence of her mission despite a continuing lack of understanding and compassion from many. (January 16, St. Martin’s Press)

 

A foreword by Angela Davis opens this powerful memoir by Khan-Cullors, one of the three founding women of the Black Lives Matter movement. Part 1 describes her childhood in L.A. during the height of the late 1980s/early 1990s war on drugs, when police rained constant surveillance and harassment upon her poor, predominantly black neighborhood. Khan-Cullors describes, in wrenching detail, the severe exacerbation of her brother Monte’s schizoaffective disorder through multiple violent arrests and torturous incarceration, alongside the effects of

 

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The story of one of the women founders of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors, When They Call You a Terrorist chronicles the true birth of a movement that has been maligned and misunderstood. Michelle Alexander of The New Jim Crow calls this memoir a must-read.

 

 

 

From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors’ story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Cullors and…

 

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Black women rarely publish coming-of-age memoirs, particularly ones that grapple with issues that are often gendered as male, such as mass incarceration, the war on drugs, and militarized policing. Patrisse Khan-Cullors, with the assistance of prominent writer asha bandele, breaks that mold in When They Call You a Terrorist. The Black Lives Matter cofounder beautifully merges memoir with political analysis to explore how oppression infiltrated so many aspects…

 

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In this part memoir, part meditation on humanity, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele examine what inspired Khan-Cullors’s vision, activism as an act of love, and the search for justice.

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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele, out January 16.

 

 

 

 

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There is a scene in Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ new memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist, that punched me in the gut. Her brother, Monte, gets into a fender bender while off his anti-psychotic medication. Police, discovering a young man unhinged, shoot him with rubber bullets, tase him, and then charge him with, literally, terrorism. They take him to Twin Towers, the notorious Los Angeles County Jail that would later be exposed as a den of abuse and corruption, where he is kept in…

 

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From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by…

 

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“Patrisse Cullors grew up as a child of this war—a drug war that aimed to destroy families like hers, communities like hers, places she called home. asha bandele tells the story beautifully, sharing the often razor-sharp details of the police and prisons that punctuated Patrisse’s young life with unflinching honesty and deep insight. This remarkable book reveals what inspired Patrisse’s visionary…

 

On the day after America’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. comes a memoir that poignantly and poetically emphasizes the root of civil disobedience: love. However, co-authors Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele want you to know that change is not usually pretty or diplomatic. In fact, fighting on behalf of yourself and those who have been victimized by centuries of white power is not — in any sense — easy or clean, and the strength and resilience required to continue these fights…

 

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An emotional and powerful memoir which opens up conversations about the state-sanctioned hostility facing black Americans today. Brought together by a collective goal of dismantling the shackles of systemic racism, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi and Patrisse Khan-Cullors are the founders of Black Lives Matter, a movement that has reverberated around the world. Despite an emphasis on love and justice, they (and indeed the movement) have been routinely labelled as extremists. But the movement’s origins and the context in which it was founded are vital to any understanding of how privilege can shield people from the cultural drivers that demand the reiteration that Black Lives Matter. For this reason, When They Call You a