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“This book is the story of an organizer who comes apart and is put back together many, many times…. It is not the story of Black Lives Matter, but it is a story that includes it, that attempts to help make sense of not only where it came from, but also the possibilities that it and movements like it hold for our collective future.”

–Alicia Garza,
Introduction of The Purpose of Power

The Purpose of Power

Available now in the U.S. Germany, Brazil, Japan, the UK and Australia

The Purpose of Power by Alicia Garza

#The Purpose of Power is now available in paperback format, including a new chapter by Alicia and foreword by Rashad Robinson, president of Color Of Change.

An essential guide to building the type of movements that can address the challenges of our time, from one of the country’s leading organizers — one of the creators of #BlackLivesMatter.

Long before #BlackLivesMatter became a rallying cry for this generation, Garza had spent the better part of two decades learning and unlearning some hard lessons about how to come together when things around us are falling apart. The lessons she offers are different from the “rules for radicals” that animated earlier generations of activists, and diverge from the charismatic, patriarchal model of the American Civil Rights Movement. From this, she offers reflections on how making room amongst the woke for those who are still waking can inspire and activate more and more people to join the fight for the world we all deserve.

This 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 changemakers, from the mind and heart behind one of the most important movements of our time.  Hashtags don’t start movements — people do.


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“This beautiful, important and timely memoir is insightful, compelling and necessary in this critical moment of reckoning with our history.”

Bryan Stevenson,

author of Just Mercy

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 “The book reveals Garza as not only a superb strategist but a master storyteller. This layered book is for anyone that understands that surviving with dignity is a practice, but fighting for both dignity and survival is a skill.”

Malkia Devich Cyril
Senior Fellow and Lead Founder of Media Justice
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“This is a text everyone needs to read, to discuss, to debate, to challenge, and to absorb. Alicia Garza is our Ella Baker.”
Melissa Harris-Perry
Maya Angelou Presidential Chair and Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University
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Alicia Garza

Alicia believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve — to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. An innovator, strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. She is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the co-founder of Supermajority, She shares her thoughts on politics and pop culture on her podcast, Lady Don’t Take No. Alicia warns you: hashtags don’t start movements — people do.

My first book is now available in paperback at your local bookstore, and I think you need Lady Don’t Take No, my podcast, in your life too. Send me your info so we can stay in touch!

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