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Patrisse Khan-Cullors, founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, speaks about her memoir on May 1 in Hermosa Beach.

One of three women responsible for beginning the Black Lives Matter movement will be speaking in the South Bay on May 1.

South Bay Cares and Pages: a bookstore present a reading and discussion with Patrisse Khan-Cullors, author of "When They Call You A Terrorist, A Black Lives Matter Memoir," Tuesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach.

Khan-Cullors is an artist, organizer and freedom fighter from Los Angeles. She is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter and founder of Dignity and Power Now. The award-winning activist was named a Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century and received the Sydney Peace Prize for her work with Black Lives Matter.

“Khan-Cullors’ 'When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matters Memoir' is a timely, relevant and poetic reflection on humanity,” said Linda McLoughlin Figel, a partner at Pages. “Her message is one of love and compassion and an example of how individuals can make a difference.”

The evening at St. Cross should be a lively one: Khan-Cullers is a performance artist, popular public speaker and NAACP History Maker. 

Co-written by Brooklyn-based Asha Bandele, an award-winning author and journalist, the book is empowering and illuminating as it recounts stories of survival and resilience, and encourages change in a culture that views black lives as expendable.

Bandele is an accomplished author and journalist. Her 1999 debut book, The Prisoner’s Wife, is a powerful and poetically written memoir about a young black woman’s relationship with and marriage to a man serving a twenty-to-life sentence in prison. A former features editor for Essence Magazine, Bandele is also the author of a second memoir, "Something Like Beautiful," as well as collections of poems and the novel, "Daughter." She’s the senior director of Drug Policy Alliance.

Together, Bandele and Khan-Cullors have written a book that is both urgent and powerful, a timely and vibrant story that asks readers to remember the love behind acts of protest directed in the interest of those who are most vulnerable, and the desire to find justice for the victimized. Entirely current, the book refuses to shy away from the fact that some have labeled the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement a threat to America, and terrorists.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at bit.ly/2vH4epm.

St. Cross Episcopal Church is located at 1818 Monterey Blvd., Hermosa Beach

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