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Topic: History of Black liberation from the days of Dr. King and Gandhi, to present day Black Lives Matter tactics.

Issue: In the history of black lives and the Civil Rights movement, beginning with Martin Luther King Jr. and the Memphis Sanitation Workers strike in 1968, how far have we come? Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. If this is where we are today, how do we rewrite the story for tomorrow?

Presenters: Patrisse Cullors-Khan, Trudy Goodwin, and Eddie Anderson.

Moderator: Fran Jemmott

Background Reading Material: For context and grounding – and not an absolute prerequisite for your attendance - please click on this link to find a selection of suggested informative topical materials to read and/or watch, generously curated by our expert panel.

Trudy Goodwin has served as an organizer and recruiter with the primary goal of furthering the progress of the Black community. She currently serves as the Organizing and Administration Associate at Los Angeles Community Action Network.  Five years ago, she cofounded the Committee for Racial Justice -- a community organization that addresses racism in Santa Monica schools and within the local police department.

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Pastor Eddie Anderson is a passionate preacher who has been blessed to inspire those on the journey of faith from diverse backgrounds and across generations. In addition to Sunday sermons, Pastor Eddie has preached at camps, conferences, and revivals. His central message is the broken body of the sacred can be mended because God is calling each of us towards lives of creativity, liberation, and wholeness.To this end, Pastor Eddie has constantly fought for the justice and wholeness of his fellow humanity

Patrisse Cullors-Khan is a artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Cofounder of Black Lives Matter, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and an NAACP History Maker. She’s received many awards for activism and movement building, including being named by the Los Angeles Times as a Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century and a Glamour 2016 Woman of the Year. Patrisse is currently 


April 27, 2017


in  conversation with

Patrisse Cullors-Khan,

Trudy Goodwin,

and Eddie Anderson




touring selective cities with her multimedia performance art piece POWER: From the Mouths of the Occupied.

A Masters of Creative Writing fellow at Mount Saint Mary University, Trudy is a past member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black Panther Party and a life-long social justice activist. She lives in Inglewood, California with her family.

through his various leadership positions and organizational involvement. He has worked with political campaigns, schools, and community development initiatives to motivate passions, organize strategy and navigate inequality. 

Currently, he serves as the Senior Pastor at McCarty Memorial Christian Church in the West Adams District and is an active clergy ally of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Pastor Eddie serves on three non-profit boards in LA and holds degrees from Morehouse College and Claremont School of Theology. 

Frances “Fran” Jemmott is a leader and change agent for social justice, and the Founder and CEO of the Jemmott Rollins Group (JRG), where she leads the firm’s work in strategic planning, fund development, and program planning. Fran serves as a thought partner to private and corporate companies, as well as community foundations, to improve organizational effectiveness through greater cultural awareness, competence, and sensitivity. Fran is the Founder and Acting Executive Director of Social Actions Partners (SoACT), where she assists organizations

with a specific focus on low-income communities of color. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of CompassPoint Non-Profit Services, which is the gold standard in non-profit management and on the leading edge of social justice issues affecting non-governmental organizations. 

Fran worked as the Program Director for Community and Women’s Health at The California Wellness Foundation and she served for 12 years on the Board of Directors of the Liberty Hill Foundation, with a focus on generating and directing funds for social justice issues in communities of color. She also founded the California Black Women’s Health Project in 1994.

Fran lives in South Los Angeles with her spouse and partner, Bernard Rollins. Together they are actively involved in civic activities, but are most proud of their involvement and commitment to the educational success and strong cultural identity of their six grandchildren– “it takes a village to raise a child.”

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