Upcoming: tenth annual Derrick K. Gondwe Memorial Lecture
Tenth Annual Derrick K. Gondwe Memorial Lecture
October 8, 2015
5:30pm Mara Auditorium, Masters Hall
Black Lives Matter Movement
Opal Tometi, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Movement, is a dedicated activist working at the intersection of racial justice and immigrant rights.
Incensed by the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin—she starting the Twitter hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, Tometi (together with Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors), prompted activism nationwide and introduced the banner for this generation’s civil rights movement marches.
As the Executive Director at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Tometi is at the helm of the country’s leading black organization for immigrant rights. She has also presented at the United Nations and has participated with the UN’s Global Forum on Migration and Commission on the Status of Women. Tometi reveals raw insights into the adversity inflicted by social injustice, anti-black bias and uninformed views on immigration, educating and inspiring audiences to organize and stand together to transform society into a world where the lives and contributions of all individuals are recognized equally.