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Alicia Garza had been a grassroots community organizer for more than 10 years before she co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013. By her latest count, it’s now a global network of 40 registered chapters across four countries. In The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart, Garza traces where the movement came from and where it could go, taking readers back through her first lessons in politics taught by her mom, to watching the 1992 L.A. riots on television as a child, to the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Ferguson uprising. In a year when a long overdue reckoning with racism is once again in the spotlight, Garza’s call to action to create a sustainable movement bigger than hashtags and social media followings is urgent and critically necessary. “Our movements must reflect the best of who we are and who we can be,” she writes. In The Purpose of Power, Garza shows us what that vision of the future looks like.

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