EventsPatrisse Cullors — An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Change Yourself and the World

Patrisse Cullors — An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Change Yourself and the World

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Black Lives Matter movement co-founder and New York Times bestselling author of When They Call You a Terrorist offers a provocative and groundbreaking blueprint for modern-day abolitionists primed to elevate protest into system-changing action meant to transform our world. Presented in partnership with the Museum of African American History and moderated by their Director of Education and Interpretation L’Merchie Frazier.

Patrisse Cullors in An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Change Yourself and the World (St. Martin’s Press) charts a framework for how everyday activists can effectively fight for an abolitionist present and future. Filled with relatable pedagogy on the history of abolition, a reimagining of what reparations look like for Black lives and real-life anecdotes from Cullors, her new book provides a bold, innovative, and humanistic approach to how to be a modern-day abolitionist. Cullors asks us to lead with love, fierce compassion, and precision.

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Patrisse Cullors is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist and abolitionist from Los Angeles, CA. 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, it has been recognized by The New York Times as the "largest movement in US history," and has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. TIME 100 also named Patrisse as the 100 Most Influential People in 2020. Patrisse has led multiple Los Angeles based organizations such as Dignity and Power Now, Justice LA and Reform LA Jails. In 2020, Patrisse signed an overall 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.

L'Merchie Frazier is a visual activist and artist, historian and educator who is the Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History Boston and Nantucket. She is a Boston Foundation Brother Thomas Fellow, Massachusetts Historical Society Ambassador Fellow and Colonial Society member. She has had global residences and her work, centering on social justice, resides in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institute, the White House, Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Museum of Art and Design.

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