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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM



Online via Zoom 

Event Description

Join Alicia Garza, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, for a discussion of her new book, THE PURPOSE OF POWER. Ms. Garza will engage in a moderated discussion and then participate in a live Q&A with participants.


Alicia Garza

In 2013, Alicia Garza, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, wrote what she called “a love letter to Black people” on Facebook, in the aftermath of the acquittal of the man who murdered seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin. Garza wrote: "Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter."

Long before #BlackLivesMatter became a rallying cry for this generation, Garza had spent the better part of two decades learning and unlearning some hard lessons about organizing. The lessons she offers are different from the “rules for radicals” that animated earlier generations of activists and diverge from the charismatic, patriarchal model of the American civil rights movement. She reflects instead on how making room amongst the woke for those who are still awakening can inspire and activate more people to fight for the world we all deserve.

The Purpose of Power is the story of one woman’s lessons through years of bringing people together to create change. Most of all, it is a new paradigm for change for a new generation of change-makers, from the mind and heart behind one of the most important movements of our time.


This event is presented in partnership with George Washington University Events and is open to the full GW community. Registration is limited so please RSVP your attendance in advance. A link to access the online event will be sent to all registered guests the day prior to the event.

Online registration for this event has now closed.