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Black Lives Matter began as a hashtag when Alicia Garza wrote what she calls ‘a love letter to Black people’ on Facebook. But hashtags don’t build movements, she tells us. People do.

Hear how the co-creator of the Black Lives Matter Global Network responded to the persistent message that Black lives are of less value by organizing and mobilizing.

As the Principal of the Black Futures Lab and the Black to the Future Action Fund, Alicia will give insight into how the organization is working to transform Black communities, build Black political power, and change the way that power operates—locally and nationally.

With nearly 20 years of organizing experience, Alicia will offer valuable lessons on how we can inspire and activate more people to fight for the world we all deserve, while uncovering thee possibilities that movements hold for our collective futures.

Unflinching, challenging and inspiring, this event will address the moment we’re in, how we got here and where we can go, together.

Every ticket includes a copy of the book The Power of Purpose (RRP £14.99). You should receive your copy of the book in the week after the event.

This event is a partnership between Southbank Centre and Penguin Live.

Get your tickets by clicking here.

  • The Purpose of Power

  • In a powerful exploration of recent racial history, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter examines the moment we're in, how we got here, and how together we can build movements to create a just and equal world.

    'Garza is ferociously smart and laser-focused... her passion is infectious.' Guardian
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    Black Lives Matter began as a hashtag when Alicia Garza wrote what she calls 'a love letter to Black people' on Facebook. But hashtags don't build movements, she tells us. People do. Interwoven with Garza's experience of life as a Black woman, The Purpose of Power is the story of how she responded to the persistent message that Black lives are of less value than white lives by galvanizing people to create change. It's an insight into grass roots organizing to deliver basic needs - affordable housing, workplace protections, access to good education - to those locked out of the economy by racism. It is an attempt not only to make sense of where Black Lives Matter came from but also to understand the possibilities that Black Lives Matter and movements like it hold for our collective futures. Ultimately, it's an appeal to hearts and minds, demanding that we think about our privileges and prejudices and ask how we might contribute to the change we want to see in the world.
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    '"Black lives matter" - Alicia Garza's love letter read around the world. The Purpose of Power is another love letter that should be read around the world. It speaks to all that moulded Garza, all that moulds organizers, all that moulds movements.' Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist

    'Alicia Garza combines immense wisdom with political courage to inspire a new generation of activists, dreamers and leaders... People like Alicia have been speaking up for decades. If we want to turn protest into substantive change, it's about time we finally listened.' David Lammy, MP

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