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One Book, One Richmond is a campus-wide effort that encourages students, staff, faculty, and members of the Richmond community to read and discuss a selected book on a social justice issue. Events and programs on various themes found in the selected text are offered throughout the academic year and are open to all members of the UR community unless otherwise noted.

When They Call You a Terrorist by by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

2018–2019 Selection

The One Book, One Richmond committee received and considered over 50 nominations for the 2018-2019 book selection. After gathering feedback from a variety of stakeholders, hosting an open feedback session for the campus community, and careful reading and discussion by the committee, the One Book, One Richmond committee is delighted to announce that next year's book selection will be When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele.

Published in 2018, When They Call You A Terrorist is a gripping memoir by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors written with co-author asha bandela.

"Khan-Cullors weaves the themes of poverty, race, the criminal justice system and activism throughout this memoir," said Holly Blake, associate dean for outreach education and development. "The book reveals how and why Khan-Cullors committed her own life as an artist and activist to addressing issues that disproportionately affect communities of color."

Praise for the Book

"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

"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

"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

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