When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Memoir


Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the free review copy of this title – all opinions are my own.

You all know that I very rarely do blog posts for a single review any more……but this one more than merits the time and attention, I assure you.

This title releases on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 ~ either pre-order or put it on hold NOW, or run out to a store as soon as you can!

 When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter MemoirWhen They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
(St. Martin’s Press ~ January 16, 2018)

Description (from Goodreads)

The emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born.

From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors’ story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.


This was an absolutely heartbreaking read. I was expecting the whole book to be about the immediate genesis of #blacklivesmatter, but it is really a true memoir in the sense that it gives Khan-Cullors’ life story and how the horrors that befell her family and community led to this work. It opened my eyes, and while I used to consider myself fairly knowledgeable on this topic, this book humbled me and reminded me I do NOT really know. It also taught me just how diverse the movement is, with a large percentage of the founding activists being Queer and non-gender-conforming.

As a white, cis reader, I will not attempt to actually review this work beyond saying that it provided an education I very, very much needed. Required reading for all.

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