She’s a co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, started up Dignity & Power Now through Community Partners, and was recently dubbed one of the nation’s top civil rights leaders for a new generation by the Los Angeles Times. Patrisse Cullors is a passionate crusader for social justice, and we’re not the only ones inspired by her drive, her dedication, and the impact she’s had.
Essence magazine in February dropped its traditional cover girl image and instead devoted the issue to #BlackLivesMatter, which including an article by Patrisse alongside writings by such notable activists as Angela Davis and Michelle Alexander. She’s led protests and spoken across the country and around the globe. And after two years of fighting for civilian oversight of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the Coalition to End Sheriff’s Violence she helped organize through Dignity & Power Now was finally victorious. The County Board of Supervisors in December voted to implement a commission; the continuing struggle among coalition members is to ensure the commission members have some actual power. With Patrisse now serving as a board member, Dignity & Power Now will continue to move forward in the able hands of Guadalupe Chavez and Mark-Anthony Johnson, continuing to fight for the dignity and power of incarcerated people, their families, and communities.