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

By Patrisse Khan Cullors, Asha Bandele

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. Also: New York Times Editor's Pick, O, Oprah's Magazine's "10 Titles to Pick Up Now," Entertainment Weekly's "13 Books to Read in January," Cassius' "Black Books to Add to Your Reading List," 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," ELLE's "19 of the Best Books to Read This Winter."

"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

A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America--and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.

Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-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 a threat 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.


When They Call You a Terrorist is Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele's reflection on humanity. It is an empowering account of survival, strength and resilience and a call to action to change the culture that declares innocent Black life expendable.



    REVIEW QUOTES

"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 has never 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 as compelling 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 "When They Call You a Terrorist deals with the incarceration and disenfranchisement of black men like her father, but it also explores facets of Cullors' personal identity -- black womanhood and sexuality, as well as spirituality."--TIME "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

"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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