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Literary | Talks

In Case You Missed It: Alicia Garza

Wed, Oct 21, 2020
  • 7PM


This event includes closed captioning.

RUN TIME: 70min
October 2020
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Wednesday October 21, 2020
Performances no longer available.
Part of Fall/Winter and Unbound

​In Conversation with Cecile Richards­
­​Launch of The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart­
Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore

“This book is the story of an organizer who comes apart and is put back together many, many times…the lessons I’ve learned along the way, the things I’m still learning, and what my learning may contribute in a time of profound catastrophe and limitless possibility.” —Alicia Garza

Organizer and Black Lives Matter co-creator Alicia Garza celebrates the launch of her honest and original new book. In The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart, she offers an essential guide to building the type of movements that can address the challenges of our time. Diverging from both the "rules for radicals" that animated earlier generations of activists and the patriarchal model of the American Civil Rights Movement, Garza reflects on how making room amongst the woke for those who are still waking can inspire more people to join the fight. In telling her own story of bringing people together to create change and the lessons she’s learned over the years, The Purpose of Power poses a new paradigm for a new generation of changemakers, from the mind and heart behind one of the most important movements of our time.

Season Sponsor:


Bloomberg Philanthropies


Leadership support for programming in the Howard Gilman Opera House and off-site programs provided by:


Support for the signature artist series provided by Howard Gilman Foundation


Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Leadership support for the BAM Hamm Archives and BAM Film, Community, and Education programs provided by The Thompson Family Foundation


Additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Alicia Garza
Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards is a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice. She is a co-founder of Supermajority, a new organization fighting for gender equity, and was the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America for 12 years, where she worked to increase affordable access to reproductive health care and build a healthier and safer world for women and young people. She got her start as a labor organizer and later served as Deputy Chief of Staff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. She and her husband, Kirk Adams, have three children and live in New York City.

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