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Publisher's Summary

The emotional and powerful story of one of the cofounders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele is the essential audiobook for every conscientious American.

From one of the cofounders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic audiobook memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors' story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful.

In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.

This program is read by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and includes a bonus conversation.

©2018 Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Steeped in humanity and powerful prose.... This is an eye-opening and eloquent coming-of-age story from one of the leaders in the new generation of social activists." (Publishers Weekly)

"With great candor about her complex personal life, Khan-Cullors has created a memoir as compelling as a page-turning novel." (Booklist)

"This remarkable book reveals what inspired Patrisse's visionary and courageous activism and forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation. This book is a must-read for all of us." (Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow)

"Narrating her own work, Patrisse Khan-Cullors shares the salient moments of her life that led her to become a founder of Black Lives Matter...pain, frustration, and joy [emblazon] each word she utters." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Everyone should listen!

Would you listen to When They Call You a Terrorist again? Why?

Yes, as a white person, it has given me a much better understanding and therefore more empathy of the reality in which black people live. Some of the scenes reminded me of what it might be like to live in a country with war on our soil; our fellow Americans live in constant fear. It is a piece of art, beautifully written.

What did you like best about this story?

A deeper understanding of America's history, present and future.

Have you listened to any of Patrisse Khan-Cullors’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry and laugh.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book. You will not regret it.

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Full and Satisfied

I LOVED "When They Call You a Terrorist", this book is a definite must read. I mean I could feel my soul crying out, needing more, and at the end completely satisfied and full. Thank you for sharing what some many have also experienced.

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Must Read

This is a must read book. Patrisse tells a story much like my own in the wake of childhood trauma, but seeing the differences in how we were both treated was incredibly eye-opening. This is the book you need to begin your journey as an ally seeking to help end white supremacy. Read it. Read it again. And again. Listen. And help.

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Passionate and courageous!

A compelling, heart wrenching, vivid, informative, eye-opening portrayal of an America that exists almost in a different dimension than the world I grew up in.

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Absolute must read

One of the best books I’ve “read” in years. Powerful, heartbreaking, inspiring. Beautifully written and captures you from the first word.

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This book pulls at your heart strings

I was moved by the experiences that Patrice had to face and how her team kept showing up and continued to do so. This book gives a different perspective of what the war on drugs and the war on black people looks like

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Unforgettable

This is an eloquent, brilliantly written narrative of the tragic events that gave rise to the “Black Lives Matter” movement. It is haunting and disturbing - as it must be to move us out of our complacency and deeply into the experience of those who are not treated as equals. This is a “must read” for all.

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Everyone should take time for this piece.

I am forever changed by this amazing story/piece of work. I am sharing this with everyone I know. How incredibly moving. There is no way I will any longer be silent in any way.

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Read this book

When They Call You a Terrorist is a powerful, lyrical, timely narrative that blends history, theory, modern romance, and poetry into a manifesto of hope and liberation. Read and love it, along with the preface by Angela Davis and the appended interview. Idiosyncratic Tip: Skip the stardust intro and get straight into the chapters proper. Your eyes will be welling in no time.

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I can’t possibly recommend this book enough

This book was profound and moving, I can not possibly recommend it enough. Even if you are familiar with many of the statistics impacting racial disparities, to hear how it all plays out in one woman’s life is astounding.