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Alicia  Garza

Alicia Garza

Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter & Best-Selling Author


Alicia Garza is someone who believes that black communities deserve what all communities deserve — to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. That’s what drives Garza as an innovator, strategist, internationally recognized organizer and writer. In 2018, she founded the Black Futures Lab, which works to make Black people powerful in politics. Read More >

Currently, as the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Alicia works to build power, placing domestic workers at the forefront of the movement we need to change the domestic work industry and to build an economy that places people over profits. With Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, Alicia created the Black Lives Matter Global Network, with 40 chapters in 4 countries, to change the ways in which Black people are stripped of our humanity.

Alicia's writing and work has been featured in Time, Mic, Marie Claire, The Guardian, Elle.com, Essence Magazine, and The New York Times. She has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize with Black Lives Matter co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi; Fortune Magazine 2016 World’s Greatest Leaders; and she was a member of the 2016 Tribunal of the US Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission held at the United Nations.

Alicia was named a Fast Company 2017 Most Creative People in Business, The Root’s 2016 and 2015 list of 100 African American Achievers and Influencers, and the POLITICO 50 Guide to thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016. Alicia received the 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Award, the 2016 Marie Claire New Guard Award, and named a Community Change Agent at the 2016 BET Black Girls Rock Awards.

Her book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart was released in October, 2020. In it, she warns you, as she will in real life — hashtags don’t start movements. People do. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

The Black Lives Matter Movement | TIME100 Talks

The Ecosystem of Black Lives Matter | Talk Stoop

A Conversation with Alicia Garza | KPBS

Black Lives Matter | Chicago Humanities Festival

SFSU Commencement Speech

Speech Topics

#BlackLivesMatter with Alicia Garza

With a vision of justice for all, Garza, one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, engages audiences in discussion about race relations in America and how activism from the fringes became the national movement it is today, galvanizing individuals to stand up and together against the state violence, police brutality and social injustice plaguing our country.

The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart