Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza:  The Purpose of Power

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza: The Purpose of Power

For Black History Month we are all going to collectively read the new book by Black Lives Matter Co-founder Alicia Garza w/ special guests!

For this final installment of the book club, special guest Black Lives Matter Co-founder Alicia Garza joins us to discuss the fourth part of the book.

***Don't worry - you can still join even if you have not read the book - the discussion will apply to everyone***

About the Book Club:

At each book club meeting, we'll be joined by black leaders who are at the forefront of our country's civil rights movement. We will take time with our guests to dissect the assigned reading while also taking audience questions for our special guests.

At every meeting, you will also have a chance to speak within the book club with other viewers to better understand the text on a personal level while making personal connections around the country, via break out rooms.

The goal? Community, learning, and a healthy dose of inspiration in this year's important month of February.

About the Book:

In 2013, Alicia Garza 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.

With the speed and networking capacities of social media, #BlackLivesMatter became the hashtag heard ’round the world. But Garza knew even then that hashtags don’t start movements—people do.

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.

This 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 changemakers, from the mind and heart behind one of the most important movements of our time.

About the Author:

Alicia Garza is an organizer, political strategist, and cheeseburger enthusiast. She is the principal at the Black Futures Lab and the Black to the Future Action Fund, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, director of strategy and partnerships at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and host of the Lady Don’t Take No

More about Alicia Garza:

Alicia believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve — to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. An innovator, strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. She is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the co-founder of Supermajority, She shares her thoughts on politics and pop culture on her podcast, Lady Don’t Take No. She warns you — hashtags don’t start movements. People do.


Each book club meeting will begin with a 30-45 minute guided conversation with the special guest that touches on that section of the book followed by break out rooms of 3-4 people who will have questions to guide them/

Then there will be a 10-15 minute closing session to discuss what we learned and set up for next week.

The meetings will be on Zoom and there is a small registration fee that can be waved with no questions asked with need. Just email the word "grapefruit" to

We have a supply of the book at Manny's (3092 16th Street) for free for anyone who needs it. Just email to coordinate pick up.

Reading Timeline:

Wednesday, February 3rd:

Special Guest: Mayor London Breed

Book Portion: Part 1 – Part 4 (Pages 1-84)

Wednesday, February 10th:

Special Guest: Lateefah Simon

Book Portion: Part 5 – Part 9 (Pages 85-160)

Wednesday, February 17th:

Special Guest: Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Book Portion: Part 10 – Part 13 (Pages 161-212)

Thursday, February 25th:

Special Guest: Alicia Garza

Book Portion: Part 14 – Epilogue (Pages 213-291)

You can purchase the book using the following links:

Physical Book:


Barnes & Noble






Barnes & Noble

* If the cost is at all a hurdle please just email with the word "Grapefruit" and she will send you a free ticket no questions asked!

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