When They Call You a Terrorist

Patrisse Cullors

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors in conversation with Warren Wilson professor and author Rima Vesely-Flad.

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.

Cullors’s poetic memoir and reflection on humanity, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, co-written with award-winning author and journalist asha bandele, asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love.

When They Call You a Terrorist takes an intimate look at Cullors’s time growing up in Van Nuys, California, surrounded by a devoted family and supportive friends, and weaves her experiences into the larger picture of how predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods are under constant systemic attack. From an unrelenting and hostile police presence, to disproportionate punitive action, to lack of basic social and medical services, Cullors and bandele show how lack of personal security and dignity makes daily life an act of survival.

Patrisse Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. She is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and an NAACP History Maker.

Rima L. Vesely-Flad is professor and chair of religious studies and director of peace and justice studies at Warren Wilson College. She holds a Ph.D. in social ethics from Union Theological Seminary and was the founder of Interfaith Coalition of Advocates for Reentry and Employment (ICARE) in New York State.

In her book, Racial Purity And Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice, Vesely-Flad examines the religious and philosophical constructs of the black body in U.S. society, examining racialized ideas about purity and pollution as they have developed historically and as they are institutionalized today in racially disproportionate policing and mass incarceration.

The reading and discussion takes place Friday, January 19, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Rainbow Community Center, 60 State Street in Asheville. $10 tickets available at Malaprops bookstore. Ticket is as a coupon toward the purchase of either author’s book. Please call the store if you would like to buy the book and the ticket at the same time. Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood Street in Asheville. Call (828) 254-6734 or visit malaprops.com.


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