'Black Lives Matter' Co-Founder Speaks At Vanderbilt

Posted at 10:21 PM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 23:43:17-04

The first person to ever use the hashtag "Black Lives Matter" spoke at Vanderbilt University about the struggles for racial and social justice.

Patrisse Cullors co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement. Her speech on Thursday evening explored the impact of Martin Luther King Junior's legacy to the struggles people are facing now.

"We can never fully heal what's happened in our communities, but organizing is a pathway to think about how we get better, smarter, stronger, how we build the power necessary; so we don't have to fight for our lives in the ways we are fighting for our lives now," said Cullors.

Cullors is also the founder of Dignity and Power Now - a movement to confront the culture of violence in jails and stop jail expansion.