Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Alicia Garza has led the Vincent Harding Seminar on Nonviolent Social Change for students at Wake Forest University this week.
To conclude the week, Garza is speaking at a public forum at the Urban League (201 West Fifth St, Winston-Salem) today (Friday, March 4) from 4 – 6 p.m.
The Harding seminar, hosted by Wake Forest’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Religion and Public Engagement Concentration and the Pro Humanitate Institute, brings a scholar activist to campus each year for a one-week residency. The program highlights the intersections of identity, collaboration, and media and movement strategy, at a time when social activism is gaining momentum across the country.
While at Wake Forest, Garza has also spoken to classes and met with student groups. In September, she visited Wake Forest to participate in “The Flag: Navigating Southern Identity, Race and Symbolism,” a panel discussion about the Confederate Flag.
Garza is Special Projects Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the leading voice for dignity and fairness for millions of domestic workers in the United States. In 2013, she co-founded #BlackLivesMatter, an international organizing network focused on combating anti-Black racism in all of its forms. She previously served as Executive Director of People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER) in San Francisco.
Garza contributes to MSNBC and has written for The Guardian, The Nation, and the Feminist Wire.