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One Book, One College

About When They Call You a Terrorist

Patrisse Cullors’ first book cowritten by asha bandele, is a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Patrisse’s 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 Lives expendable.

Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands of law enforcement. For Patrisse, the most vulnerable people in the country are Black people. Deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by a criminal justice system serving a white privilege agenda, Black people are subjected to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality. In 2013, when Trayvon Martin’s killer went free, Patrisse’s outrage led her to co-found Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.

Condemned as terrorists and as threats to America, these loving women founded a hashtag that birthed the movement to demand accountability from the authorities who continually turn a blind eye to the injustices inflicted upon people of Black and Brown skin. Championing human rights in the face of violent racism, Patrisse is a survivor. She transformed her personal pain into political power, giving voice to a people suffering inequality and a movement fueled by her strength and love to tell the country—and the world—that Black Lives Matter.

Campus Events

Fall 2020 Events

Note: Faculty and staff please be sure to log in to the Vision Resource Center and register for these events by searching for events by title.

Faculty Workshop Teaching for Change: #BLM in the Classroom Postponed - TBA Postponed - TBA Registration - TBA
Faculty and Staff Drop-In Discussion on When They Call You a Terrorist Friday, October 2 9:00am-10:00am Registration
ELAC Brown Bag Discussion: Angela Davis Thursday, November 5 2:00pm-4:00pm Registration
Faculty and Staff Drop-In Discussion on When They Call You a Terrorist Friday, November 6 9:00am-10:00am Registration
Faculty, Staff, and Student Library Read-In  Monday, November 9 12:10pm-1:30pm Registration
ELAC Town Hall on Racial Equity and Social Justice with Dr. Angela Davis Friday, November 13 11:00am-1:00pm Registration
Faculty, Staff, and Student Library Read-In Monday, November 30 12:10pm-1:30pm Registration
ELAC Brown Bag Discussion: Angela Davis Friday, December 4 10:30am-11:30am Registration

Spring 2021 Events 

ELAC Town Hall on Racial Equity and Social Justice with Patrisse Cullors Friday, March 19 12:00pm-1:00pm Registration

For questions about campus events or to schedule an event for One Book, One College, please contact Nathasha Alvarez, alvarenm@elac.edu.

Lesson Plans & Teaching Resources

Antiracist Reading Lists

Sample Assignments

Sample Video Clips