University of Redlands

Black Lives Matter co-founder to speak at U of R

Activist Patrisse Cullors will engage in a conversation about restorative justice, among other topics, with activist Richard Edmond-Vargas

The University of Redlands will welcome artist, organizer, educator, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors for a dialogue with activist Richard Edmond-Vargas at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov.1 in the University Memorial Chapel.

The conversation will center on the troubled past, rehabilitation, and work of Edmond-Vargas, who was featured in the CNN documentary, “The Feminist on Cellblock Y.”

Edmond-Vargas co-founded Initiate Justice while serving 10 years in California state prison for a crime committed as a teen. While incarcerated, Edmond-Vargas started an inmate education and rehabilitation program, Success Stories, designed to help young men challenge patriarchy to achieve better goals. He now encourages people to get involved in grassroots legislative efforts.

In addition to co-founding the Black Lives Matter Global Network, Cullors started Los Angeles-based Dignity and Power Now. She is also a senior fellow at MomsRising, whose goal is to end maternal mortality and morbidity.