Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter is bringing her advocacy to the classroom where she will serve as an adjunct professor at Arizona’s Prescott College and teach about social justice, Black Enterprise reports.
Cullors says she co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement out of love. But in a country plagued by deadly tension between law enforcement officers and communities of color, she has often found herself to be the target of hateful attacks.
In her new role as professor, she will teach a course she created that examines, social practice, cultural work, and art impact on community organizing.
The class will is part of the Social Justice & Community Organizing (SJCO) Master’s degree program.
According to the course description, “the Social Justice & Community Organizing (SJCO) curriculum combines a unique focus on critical race theory, anti-colonial theory, feminist and queer theory, critical political economy, and third world liberation theory with profound emphasis on developing, organizing, and mobilization as powerful tools for understanding the complex relations of history, politics, power and political/cultural/gendered oppression. Community Organizing skills, together with a strong theoretical basis, prepare students for applying their skill set within different organizing settings and working in collaboration with directly affected communities.”
Said Cullors in a news release:
“Artists and cultural workers historically and presently play a significant role in shaping movements. Now is the time we unearth that history and utilize it to help us with some of the most important fights of this time.”
Cullors is a fearless activist, educator and co-author of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, a New York Times bestseller.
In the book, Khan-Cullors opens about her personal story of growing up in Los Angeles, battling racism, poverty and homophobia, discovering her passion for activism, and the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement.