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When They Call You a Terrorist

When They Call You a Terrorist

A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, asha bandele

St. Martin's Press

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The emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born.


"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. This book is a must-read for all of us." - Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

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 asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.

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introduction

WE ARE STARDUST



I write to keep in contact with our ancestors and to spread truth to people.

SONIA SANCHEZ

Days after the elections of 2016, asha sent me a link to a talk by astrophysicist...

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Praise for When They Call You a Terrorist

"To call the founders of BLM terrorists is an unconscionable lie. This strikingly beautiful memoir puts the lie to the notion that Black Lives Matter comes from anything other than a place of love--love of self, community, people, and, ultimately, the very soul of a democratic nation. BLM seeks to acknowledge the truth, and Patrisse Cullors' story is a moral example to the nation."--Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times bestselling author of Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

“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. This book is a must-read for all of us.” —Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow


"I admire Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele's courage not to stay silent about what matters in our world. Responsible, awakening and powerful."– Nick Cannon


“Patrisse Khan-Cullors is a leading visionary and activist, feminist, and civil rights leader who has literally changed the trajectory of politics and resistance in America.” —Eve Ensler, bestsellingauthor


“This book tells why we all share the responsibility to move those three words from an aspiration into a new reality.” – American Book Award Winner Jeff Chang

"With great candor about her complex personal life, Khan-Cullors has created a memoir as compelling as a page-turning novel." - Booklist Starred Review

"With assistance from bandele, Khan-Cullors synthesizes memoir and polemic … an important account of coming of age within today's explosive racial dynamic.” - Kirkus Reviews

"This searing, timely look into a contemporary movement from one of its crucial leading voices belongs in all collections." - Library Journal Starred Review

"A thoroughly modern, fre­quently poetic take on the black-freedom-struggle narrative...Terrorist is an adventure, a heroine's journey that elevates the striving-black-woman narrative (a subset of the up-from-slavery black narrative) to something more accessible and more epic." - Ms. Mag



"[A] fierce, intimate memoir." - O Magazine


"Compelling." - Paste


"[Patrisse Khan-Cullors] will make you believe that love is real and can change the world. What a way to start off 2018,,,[a] magical, magical book." -Autostraddle


“Steeped in humanity and powerful prose ... This is an eye-opening and eloquent coming-of-age story from one of the leaders in the new generation of social activists.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review


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About the author

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, asha bandele

Patrisse Khan-Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighterfrom Los Angeles, CA. Cofounder of Black Lives Matter, she is also aperformance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and the 2017Sydney Peace Prize recipient.

asha bandele is the award-winning author of ThePrisoner’s Wife and four other works. Honored for her work in journalism and activism, asha is a mother, aformer senior editor at Essence and asenior director at the Drug Policy Alliance.

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