Friday, October 5, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books welcomes influential activist Charlene Carruthers, who will sign and discuss her new book, Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, with St. Louis organizer Kayla Reed!
Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, Unapologetic challenges all of us to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist. This book provides a vision for how social justice movements can become sharper and more effective through principled struggle, healing justice, and leadership development. And Unapologetic provides a clear framework for activists committed to building transformative power, encouraging young people to see themselves as visionaries and leaders.
“Charlene gives us not just a manual but a prayer, an intention, a critical path forward, and a deep analysis on where we’ve been. She educates us about community violence and state violence, and provides the clarity to show why Black liberation is crucial for us all.” —Patrisse Khan Cullors, co-author of When They Call You a Terrorist
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Unapologetic from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Click here to pre-order your copy!
Kayla Reed (she/her) is Black, queer, strategist and organizer from St. Louis, Missouri. After the killing of Michael Brown Jr in August 2014, Kayla was catapulted into organizing around issues of racial justice, economic justice and policing. She currently serves as Co-Chair of Action St. Louis, a millennial Black-led organizing collective working to build political power in the city of St. Louis through civic engagement and strategic political action. Through the collective's campaign, #WokeVoterSTL, Kayla has led grassroots campaigns to elect progressive candidates as St. Louis City Circuit Attorney, Mayor and St. Louis County Prosecutor. Kayla is also Co-Founder and Director of Organizing for the Electoral Justice Project (EJP), a national campaign of the Movement for Black Lives, that seeks to build the capacity of Black political organizations in order to expand and mobilize the Black electorate to achieve victories in our communities and on the ballot.
Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.