Alumna Spotlight: Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza (M.A., '17) is an organizer, freedom dreamer and writer living in Oakland, California. She is the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the co-creator of the Black Lives Matter Global Network. A graduate of the Race and Resistance Studies program, she now teaches a class called Women, Race and Class in the program.

While a graduate student at San Francisco State, Alicia co-founded Black Lives Matter and was instrumental in the development of the anti-racism movement. Listen to the inspiring speech she gave to her fellow graduates at the 2017 commencement and read more about Alicia in the links below.




The Matter of Black Lives

From 2016: A new kind of movement found its moment. What will its future be? On February 18th, as part of the official recognition of Black History Month, President Obama met with a group of African-American leaders at the White House to discuss civil-rights issues.

Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza finds hope in global protests over George Floyd's death

For Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza the global outpouring of protests and activism following the murder of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody has been heartening and makes her hopeful for the future. At the same time, she said, "It's bittersweet that it takes someone being murdered on camera to get to the point of conversation that we're in."


Black Lives Matter leader Alicia Garza on Charlottesville, Trump, and Democrats

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters. Alicia Garza, whose 2013 Facebook post in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, created a hashtag that later became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, is arguably now one of the most influential civil rights leaders of this century.


Alicia Garza | A movement standing on the shoulders of giants: Alicia Garza and Black Lives Matter | CreativeMornings/OAK

Alicia Garza is an internationally recognized organizer, writer, and public speaker. In 2018, Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab: the Lab invites Black people to experiment with new ways to build independent, progressive Black political power. Alicia dreams of a future where all Black communities have what they need to live well.


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