Family Action Network (FAN) and Chicago Beyond welcome you to an engaging conversation between Alicia Garza, #BlackLivesMatter Co-Founder, and Liz Dozier, Founder and CEO of Chicago Beyond.
Alicia Garza’s honest and original narrative The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart is a twenty-first-century organizer's manifesto that draws on this generation's particular strengths and challenges us to create a new paradigm for change. It is 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 Black Lives Matter.
In 2013, Ms. Garza wrote what she calls “a love letter to Black people” on Facebook, in the aftermath of the acquittal of the man who murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. She wrote: "Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter," and #BlackLivesMatter became a rallying cry for this generation. Ms. Garza has 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.
Ms. Garza will be interviewed by Liz Dozier, Founder and CEO of Chicago Beyond, an impact investor that backs the fight against the inequities pervasive in Chicago’s communities. Since its inception, Chicago Beyond has invested more than $35 million in local nonprofit organizations and community leaders that fight for all youth to achieve their full potential.
Ms. Dozier’s work was featured in How Children Succeed by Paul Tough (FAN ’12 and ’19), and CNN followed her career as a turnaround principal at Fenger High School, at the time one of the most violent and underperforming schools in Chicago, as a part of its 2014 eight-episode docu-series "Chicagoland."
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN and Chicago Beyond websites and YouTube channels.