Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Education:University of California, Los Angeles

Patrisse Khan-Cullors is an artist, activist and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. Khan-Cullors first used the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter after co-founder Alicia Garza's use of the phrase "Black Lives Matter" in a Facebook post about the Trayvon Martin case.

Khan-Cullors was born in 1984 in Los Angeles, California. A Fulbright scholar, she earned a degree in religion and philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012.

Khan-Cullors teaches at Otis College of Art and Design in the Public Practice Program. She has served as executive director of the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails and co-founded the prison activism organization Dignity and Power Now. She is also a board member of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Her book, "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir," co-authored with asha bandele, was published in January 2018.

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