Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza is a civil rights activist who co-founded the Black Lives Matter Global Network, which in 2020 led the largest social justice movement in history. It was Alicia who coined the phrase #BlackLives Matter, and it became a worldwide call for justice for the disenfranchised.

She wrote the enormously important and potent book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart. It was named among the best books of the year by Time magazine, Marie Clare and Kirkus Review

Alicia will receive the first-ever NBCC Impact Author Award, forevermore distributed to the person whose worldly work and literary work transforms and uplifts. She will receive the honor and deliver a keynote at the conference-opening breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, August 2nd.

The Purpose of Power is an essential guide to building transformative movements to address the challenges of our time. It is the story of one woman’s lessons from years of bringing people together to create change.

Most of all, it is a new paradigm for change for a new generation of change-makers, from the mind and heart behind one of the most important movements of our time. Hashtags don’t start movements — people do.

Praise for The Power of Purpose: “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.

“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

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