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Alicia Garza: The Purpose of Power Book Event

October 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT


The Purpose of Power

Alicia Garza | The Purpose of Power

Friday, October 23 at 7 p.m. PST:: Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay via Bold Type Tickets

How to actually change things in a lasting, sustained way takes knowing and acting in the moment, but also study, intention,  learning, communicating and working with others. Five years ago, writing a social media post in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, evoked a global response. Alicia Garza, with two other women, began what would become known then and since as #BlackLivesMatter, a force that’s been unique in all this country’s history where injustice is concerned, and how that is contested. Alicia Garza today is the principal at the Black Futures Lab (www.blackfutureslab.org) and the Black to the Future Action Fund (www.black2thefuture.org), is director of strategy and partnerships at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and host of the Lady Don’t Take No podcast.

She is also the author of one of the vital, necessary books of this time – and beyond – The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart (One World). “‘Black lives matter’ was Alicia Garza’s love letter read around the world. The Purpose of Power is another love letter that should be read around the world. It speaks to all that molded Garza, all that molds organizers, all that molds movements.”—Ibram X. Kendi. “I can think of no greater guide to the difficult work of building movements than Alicia Garza and no greater tome of wisdom for this age than The Purpose of Power, a precious offering to a nation navigating unprecedented crises, for whom movements remain our only saving grace.”—Ai-jen Poo.


Co-presented by Langston (www.langstonseattle.org), the Northwest African American Museum (www.naamnw.org), and Elliott Bay Book Company.


  • $35 – includes a copy of The Purpose of Power, mailed to you within the Continental U.S!
  • $10 (event only).
A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to Langston and the Northwest African American Museum.


 Important note: If you plan on joining the program from outside the Continental U.S., please purchase a General Admission ticket. Copies of the book to be shipped outside the Continental U.S. must be ordered separately from the Elliott Bay Book Company’s website (www.elliottbaybook.com) as shipping charges apply.


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