United in Solidarity | 25th Anniversary

February 17-19 in Chicago

Keynote Address by Patrisse Cullors

Friday 17, 6:00 pm - Friday 17, 7:00 pm

Patrisse Cullors, an openly queer performance artist from Los Angeles, CA, started the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter (with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi) in response to George Zimmerman’s 2013 acquittal in the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Since then, Cullors has been instrumental in leading the national conversation on law enforcement accountability and racial inequity in nearly every aspect of contemporary society. In recent years Cullors’ advocacy work has earned her accolades such as the Mairo Savio Young Activist of the Year Award and the Berger-Marks Foundation 2015 Edna Award, as well as inclusion on The Root’s Top 100 List and mention as a “New Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century” by the LA Times.