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Tamika Mallory: State of Emergency

Evening Program on Zoom

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0109
$50 - Gen. Admission + Book
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Tamika Mallory (Photo: Geeno Mizelli)


In what was called “the speech of a generation” by ABC News, activist Tamika D. Mallory declared that “Black people are dying in a state of emergency” at a Minneapolis press conference following the May 25, 2020 killing of George Floyd at the hands of police.

A cofounder of the organization Until Freedom and of the historic Women’s March, Mallory is a trailblazing social justice leader who was born and raised into activism. The Harlem native’s parents were founding members of Al Sharpton's National Action Network and imbued a passion for positive change that fuels her to this day.

Join Mallory as she discusses the history of systemic racism in this country and draws on her first-hand experience to lay out a vision for effective activism and lasting, positive change. Having stood at the forefront of several social justice movements across the country, she contends that history proves the issues of police reform and state violence are not unique to the modern day and are not easily answered by popular sentiment or the recent election—instead, they require smart, persistent engagement and knowledgeable activism.

A signed copy of State of Emergency: How We Win in the Country We Built (Atria/Black Privilege Publishing) is included in the ticket price.


The featured book with a bookplate signed by the author is included with the ticket price.

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