ALICIA GARZA IS THE ACTIVIST’S ACTIVIST: She helped launch a global movement with a single Facebook post, but her connections go deeper: she is on the leadership team of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, one one of the most powerful labor unions in the country, and on the board of the key organizations on the left today, from Color of Change with its 1.7 million members to Supermajority. Her own organiztion, Black Futures Lab, has over 300k members.
AUTHOR IS A PLATFORM UNTO HERSELF: She has over 100K Twitter followers and her videos on TED and YouTube have millions of views. She also hosts her own podcast, “Lady Don’t Take No,” and co-hosts another podcast, “Sunstorm,” with Ai-Jen Poo,
HER WORK HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS RECOGNITIONS: Including being named on The Root’s 2016 list of 100 African American achievers and influencers, the 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Award, the 2016 Marie Claire New Guard Award, and as a Community Change Agent at BET’s 2016 Black Girls Rock Awards.
“In a year when a long overdue reckoning with racism is once again in the spotlight, Garza’s call to action…is urgent and critically necessary.”—Time
“The Purpose of Power is a must-read. Anyone interested in turning the page of our contemptible past toward a brighter future should put this book on their reading list.”—Congresswoman Barbara Lee
“‘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, author of #1 New York Times bestseller How to Be an Antiracist
“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, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and author of The Age of Dignity
“Damn. The Purpose of Power changes everything. I suppose I shouldn’t be shocked at this book’s audacity, because it’s written a young Black woman who literally changed everything. Very few books become national monuments. Even fewer help shape social movements. The Purpose of Power is that rare book that is a monumental movement. It is a liberatory offering. Damn.”—Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy
“The Purpose of Power cements Garza as a generational leader whose unflinching yet generous wisdom will shape our approach to activism for years to come.”—Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us
“The Purpose of Power is a necessary political history, an expansive theory of liberation, and a personal testament to the power of movement building. Garza helps guide us to greater understanding and faith in our prospects for revolutionary change.”—Mychal Denzel Smith, author of Stakes Is High
“The book reveals Garza as not only a superb strategist but a master storyteller. This layered book is for anyone that understands that surviving with dignity is a practice, but fighting for both dignity and survival is a skill.”—Malkia Devich Cyril, senior fellow and lead founder of Media Justice
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