Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS)


The Distinguished Lecture Series presents

Black Lives Matter

with Alicia Garza & Patrisse Cullors

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7pm
UWM Union Wisconsin Room, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. (2nd level)

The UWM Student Association, in partnership with Student Involvement and Sociocultural Programming, is honored to welcome two of the country’s most powerful activists to campus. Black Lives Matter co-founders Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors will discuss the movement that woke up the world, prompting widespread activism, community organizing and coalition building in an effort to expose and eradicate the social injustices plaguing our society.

In 2013, Garza and Cullors (with Opal Tometi) started the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter as a response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin. Since then, their message has seamlessly shifted from the internet into the streets and mainstream media, creating an international movement of organizations and individuals committed to restoring black dignity and eliminating racial disparities deeply embedded within policies and systems.

“The UWM Student Association stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and more importantly, with our students of color,” said SA President Mike Sportiello. “The racial disparities affecting our city, our school, our home are why it is so important for us to engage in dialogue about the problems facing us all. We believe the BLM movement has found a way to engage everyone in the dialogue.”

With a vision of justice for all, Garza and Cullors will educate and inspire participants to stand together to question and challenge inequitable systems, transform society and cultivate a world where all people are valued, respected and can live with dignity.

For more information, call UWM Student Involvement: (414) 229-5780 or email Sociocultural Program Manager Claudia E. Guzmán: guzmanc@uwm.edu.

Sponsored by the UWM Student Association, Student Involvement and Sociocultural Programming.


Explore the issues with these related events:

Monday, October 3 • 6-8pm • Union Fireside Lounge

Black Lives Matter? A Multimedia Conversation on Hip Hop, Violence and Systemic Racism

What is the role of hip hop in social movements? How do lyrics and images influence media and public perceptions of black life and culture? Join local hip hop activists and community leaders in a discussion of these issues and more.


Wednesday, October 5 • 6-8pm • Union 191

Black Lives Matter 101: A History and Dialogue

Gain historical context for a contemporary movement that carries on the decades-long struggle for black dignity and equality in the U.S. Hosted by Reggie Jackson, head griot (oral historian) of America’s Black Holocaust Museum.


Monday, October 10 • 11am-1pm • Union Concourse

Black Lives Matter: An Interactive Art Experience

Observe art inspired by BLM and interact with artists who are passionate about the movement. Take a moment to create your own art to contribute to the showcase.

Wednesday, October 12 • 1-3pm • Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 119)

Intersections presents, “Lemonade”

Get in formation with us! We will be watching and discussing one of the most talked about projects of 2016, Beyonce’s latest visual album, “Lemonade”.

Cosponored by Women’s Resource Center, Inclusive Excellence Center, and Sociocultural Programming.

Monday, October 17 • 6-8pm • Union Fireside Lounge

Know Your Rights! Training

Learn from the Wisconsin ACLU how to ensure fair and just treatment during encounters with law enforcement – both on and off campus. Understand your own rights and responsibilities as well as police accountability.