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When They Call You a Terrorist : A Black Lives Matter Memoir

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 126 x 201 x 24mm | 300g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Includes color endpapers
  • 1250171083
  • 9781250171085
  • 152,593

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"Strikingly beautiful... 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 book is a must-read for all of us."--Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow

"Impassioned, direct, inspiring and unsparing." - Entertainment Weekly

"This powerful book by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors reminds us American racism is pervasive...the mission of Khan-Cullors and her fellow activists ha snever been more important - or more urgent." The Guardian

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

"A thoroughly modern, fre-quently poetic take on the black-freedom-struggle narrative."- Ms. Mag

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

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

An eye-opening and eloquent coming-of-age story from one of the leaders in the new generation of social activists." --PublishersWeekly, starred review

"An important account of coming of age within today's explosive racial dynamic." - Kirkus Reviews

"One of 2018's most important nonfiction books." - The Root

""[A] meditative, meaningful work ... Cullors beautifully expresses empathy, honesty and hope" --Shelf Awareness


"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, bestselling author


"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 "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, bestselling author


"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, fre-quently 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


One of...
O, Oprah Magazine's "10 Titles to Pick Up Now"

Entertainment Weekly, "13 Books to Read in January"

Vogue's "The Most Anticipated Books of January 2018"

Paste's "10 of the Best Books of January 2018"

Bitch Magazine's "Bitch Reads: 13 Books Feminists Should Read in January"

Cassius's "Black Books to Add to Your Reading List"

ELLE's "19 of the Best Books to Read This Winter" "To call the founders of BLM terrorists isan unconscionable lie. This strikingly beautiful memoir puts the lie to thenotion 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 democraticnation. BLM seeks to acknowledge the truth, and Patrisse Cullors' story is amoral example to the nation."--Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times bestselling author of Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America


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


"This remarkable book reveals what inspiredPatrisse's visionary and courageous activism and forces us to face theconsequence 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



"Patrisse Khan-Cullors is a leading visionary andactivist, feminist, and civil rights leader who has literally changed thetrajectory of politics and resistance in America." --Eve Ensler, bestsellingauthor


"This book tells why we all share the responsibilityto movethose three words from an aspiration into a new reality." - American Book Award Winner Jeff Chang "You will not forget this book. It will stay with you, whispering to you long after the last page has been turned. It is a story our nation desperately needs to hear, especially right now. Our country has been at war with its own people for decades and the reasons for this tragedy are deeply rooted in our racial history and our post-industrial, globalized present. Entire communities defined by race and class have been deemed enemy territory and millions taken prisoner. Patrisse Cullors grew up as a child of this war -- a drug war that aimed to destroy families like hers, communities like hers, places she called home. asha bandele tells the story beautifully, sharing the often razor-sharp details of the police and prisons that punctuated Patrisse's young life with unflinching honesty and deep insight. 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

"A visionary leader whose message of racial justice hasreverberated across the globe." - Carolina De Robertis


"For those who wish to understand what it takes to changethe world, this story matters." - Robin D. G. Kelley


"Masterfully told from Cullor's own words, by the deft handof the incredible asha bandele." - Denene Millner


"This book tells why we all share the responsibility to movethose three words from an aspiration into a new reality." - Jeff Chang


"Patrisse Cullors is a leading visionary and activist, feminist, civil rights leader who has literally changed the trajectory ofpolitics and resistance in America." - Eve Ensler
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About 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 2017 Sydney Peace Prize recipient.

asha bandele is the award-winning author of The Prisoner's Wife and several 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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