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SDSU Welcomes Black Lives Matter Co-founder Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors will speak at a virtual event hosted by SDSU on Aug. 23
By SDSU News Team

Five years ago, Patrisse Cullors gave a name to a movement that would go on to spark a national conversation and demand a place on the global stage: Black Lives Matter. 
One SDSU Community will host Cullors virtually at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and engendering social change. The one-hour event is free and open to all. 
Associated Students President Christian Holt and Paige Hernandez, director of student retention and success in the Center of Intercultural Relations, will lead a conversation with Cullors. 

Advance registration is required and available online (space is limited). SDSU students can also apply to join Cullors in a breakout session with 30 others following the keynote event. 

Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles. The co-founder of Black Lives Matter, founder of Dignity and Power Now, and founder/chair of Reform L.A. Jails, Cullors grew up in the San Fernando Valley witnessing firsthand the brutality of incarceration and over-policing in her community. 

After several of her loved ones were arrested, Cullors began to push for law enforcement accountability and build spaces for healing and resilience through her artistic practice. For the last 20 years, Cullors has been on the front-lines of criminal justice reform and led Reform LA Jails’ “Yes on R” campaign, a ballot initiative that passed with a 71% landslide vote in March. 
One SDSU Community provides students with opportunities to deepen their understanding of their own identities and experiences while exposing themselves to the diverse identities, cultures, and lived experiences of the SDSU community.