When They Call You a Terrorist (Hardcover)

A Black Lives Matter Memoir

By Patrisse Khan-Cullors, asha bandele, Angela Davis (Foreword by)

St. Martin's Press, 9781250171085, 272pp.

Publication Date: January 16, 2018

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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. Also: New York Times Editor’s Pick, O, Oprah’s Magazine’s “10 Titles to Pick Up Now,” Entertainment Weekly’s “13 Books to Read in January,” Cassius’ “Black Books to Add to Your Reading List,” Vogue’s “The Most Anticipated Books of January 2018,” Paste’s “10 of the Best Books of January 2018,” Bitch Magazine’s “Bitch Reads: 13 Books Feminists Should Read in January,” ELLE’s “19 of the Best Books to Read This Winter.”



"This remarkable book reveals what inspired Patrisse's visionary and courageous activism and forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation. This book is a must-read for all of us." - Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow

A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America—and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.

Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands of law enforcement. For Patrisse, the most vulnerable people in the country are Black people. Deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by a criminal justice system serving a white privilege agenda, Black people are subjected to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality. In 2013, when Trayvon Martin’s killer went free, Patrisse’s outrage led her to co-found Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.


Condemned as terrorists and as a threat to America, these loving women founded a hashtag that birthed the movement to demand accountability from the authorities who continually turn a blind eye to the injustices inflicted upon people of Black and Brown skin.


Championing human rights in the face of violent racism, Patrisse is a survivor. She transformed her personal pain into political power, giving voice to a people suffering inequality and a movement fueled by her strength and love to tell the country—and the world—that Black Lives Matter.


When They Call You a Terrorist is Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele’s reflection on humanity. It is an empowering account of survival, strength and resilience and a call to action to change the culture that declares innocent Black life expendable.



About the Author

PATRISSE KHAN-CULLORS is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Co-founder of Black Lives Matter, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and an NAACP History Maker.

Angela Davis is a professor in the History of Consciousness Program, University of California at Santa Cruz.



Praise For When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

"Strikingly beautiful… Patrisse Cullors' story is a moral example to the nation."--Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times bestselling author of Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

“This book is a must-read for all of us.”—Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow

“Impassioned, direct, inspiring and unsparing.” – Entertainment Weekly

“This powerful book by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors reminds us American racism is pervasive…the mission of Khan-Cullors and her fellow activists has never been more important – or more urgent.” The Guardian

"[A] fierce,intimate memoir." - O Magazine

"A thoroughly modern, fre­quently poetic take on the black-freedom-struggle narrative."- Ms. Mag

"With great candor about her complex personal life, Khan-Cullors has created a memoir as compelling as a page-turning novel." - Booklist Starred Review

"This searing, timely look into a contemporary movement from one of its crucial leading voices belongs in all collections." - Library Journal Starred Review

An eye-opening and eloquent coming-of-age story from one of the leaders in the new generation of social activists.” —PublishersWeekly, starred review

"An important account of coming of age within today's explosive racial dynamic.” - Kirkus Reviews

"When They Call You a Terrorist deals with the incarceration and disenfranchisement of black men like her father, but it also explores facets of Cullors’ personal identity — black womanhood and sexuality,
as well as spirituality."—TIME

"One of 2018’s most important nonfiction books." - The Root

"“[A] meditative, meaningful work … Cullors beautifully expresses empathy, honesty and hope” —Shelf Awareness


"Responsible, awakening and powerful."– Nick Cannon


“Patrisse Khan-Cullors is a leading visionary and activist, feminist, and civil rights leader who has literally changed the trajectory of politics and resistance in America.” —Eve Ensler, bestselling author


“This book tells why we all share the responsibility to move those three words from an aspiration into a new reality.” – American Book Award Winner Jeff Chang



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