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Mace & Crown | March 22, 2018

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Cofounder of #BlackLivesMatter to Speak at ODU

Cofounder of #BlackLivesMatter to Speak at ODU #BlackLivesMatter
Jason Kazi
Staff Writer

Alicia Garza, community organizer and co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter will speak as part of the President’s Lecture Series.

After George Zimmerman’s 2013 acquittal, Alicia along with friends Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors took to social media to launch the hashtag and conversation around “Black Lives Matter.” The movement now has 26 chapters worldwide and has arguably become the biggest movement of the Millennial generation.

According to her speaker’s bureau website, Garza “challenges society to recognize and celebrate the contributions of all black lives, so that we can truly be a world where all people are valued, respected and can live with dignity.” Garza has received numerous awards for her work including placing on The Root’s 2015 List of African American achievers and influencers, and the 2015 Politico50 Guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics. She has written for many publications including The Guardian, The Nation and more.

She currently is the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She has previously served as Executive Director of People Organized to Win Employment Rights.

Garza will speak on February 2nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Big Blue Room in the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Members of the ODU community who are interested in attending can RSVP here.

You can follow Garza on Twitter: @aliciagarza.