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When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult Edition)

A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World

Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele; adapted by Benee Knauer

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ISBN10: 1250194989
ISBN13: 9781250194985


272 Pages



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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 Khan-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 YA adaptation of the instant New York Times bestseller, Cullors demonstrate how it is possible to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.


Praise for When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult Edition)

"This memoir is a reflection on humanity, lauded as an empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, and is the kind of call to action we need now more than ever."Book Riot

"A gripping, much-needed memoir about a Black woman, a movement, and people fighting for freedom denied."—Kirkus Reviews

"This book is more than the origin story of BLM and more than Khan-Cullors's revolutionary journey. She creates space for difficult thoughts and conversations to begin."School Library Journal

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I write to keep in contact with our ancestors and to spread truth to people.


I am not a loser.

Days after the elections of 2016, asha sent me a link to a talk...

About the author

Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele; adapted by Benee Knauer

Patrisse Khan-Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Cofounder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and Founder of the Los Angeles-based grassroots organization Dignity and Power Now, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and a Sydney Peace Prize recipient. For 20 years, Patrisse has been on the frontlines of criminal justice reform and is currently leading Reform L.A. Jails, a ballot initiative that was won in March 2020. Patrisse is currently the Faculty Director of Arizona’s Prescott College new Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA program, which she developed nesting a curriculum focused on the intersection of art, social justice and community organizing that is first of its kind in the nation.

asha bandele is an award-winning journalist and author.

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