While events are postponed at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in the heart of Manhattan, videos of recent public programs from its archive will be featured here for your enjoyment. The videos offer illuminating discussions in two main categories: insights into current events and conversations with leading writers and artists.
Patrisse Cullors—artist, organizer, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter—is the co-author of the best seller When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir. She spoke with Justin T. Brown, executive director of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies. At the age of 16, Cullors discovered her passion for helping young queer women facing the challenges of poverty, prejudice, and violence. In 2013, she co-founded the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which has grown into an international organization fighting anti-Black racism. At the event, Cullors received the annual José Muñoz Award. The award, named after a professor of cultural studies and queer studies at NYU and former CLAGS board member, is given in honor of LGBTQ activists who have promoted queer and trans studies and visibility in their work. Previous recipients include Janet Mock (2015); Jose Antonio Vargas (2016); and Wilson Cruz, Frenchie Davis, and Nathan Lee Graham (2017).
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