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Black Lives Matter co-creator to speak at USF in January

Alicia Garza

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Alicia Garza



The co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter will speak about race relations and the national movement she helped build in a lecture at the University of South Florida next month.

Social activist Alicia Garza’s visit comes as part of the student-run University Lecture Series and is open to the public, with priority seating for students. Her Jan. 17 lecture falls within USF’s MLK Commemorative Week, which honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The #BlackLivesMatter movement grew out of Garza’s social media posts after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin. What began as a hashtag turned into an online phenomenon, then a human rights organization committed to confronting police brutality, violence and social injustice.

With co-creators Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, Garza has seen #BlackLivesMatter grow into a network of more than 26 chapters. She is expected to talk about that evolution and the ideals of the movement.

She is also executive director of People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), and has been named on several lists of influential thinkers and visionaries. She serves as special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Here are the details.

Where: Marshall Student Center Ballroom, USF Tampa

When: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30.)

Free and open to the public, first-come, first-served.

Real-time captioning will be provided.

You can find more information about the lecture series here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 2:20pm]


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