LBB Book Club in Partnership with CAM: Read the Resistance discusses The Purpose of Power

Wednesday, May 26, 7pm
Left Bank Books Online Meeting - Registration is required

Left Bank Books is pleased to relaunch its reading group Read the Resistance in collaboration with The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and its exhibition Stories of Resistance

Book discussions will take place monthly virtually, rsvp sign up is hereParticipation is free, but registration is required. Participants can register for any or all of the meetings at this link. Each month, the discussion group will unpack the selected book through prompts and visual cues from artworks in the exhibition that inspired the book selection.

The third meeting is May 26 at 7pm and will be discussing Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart by Alicia Garza. The book was selected in response to the animations made by the Wide Awakes featured as part of Street Views in the exhibition Stories of Resistance. A discussion of the book and artwork invites participants to heed the call to action for racial justice and movement building. The event is accompanied by the release of the Radio Resistance episode “Political Action,” featuring Congresswoman Cori Bush and Wide Awakes co-founder Hank Willis Thomas.

It is recommended that participants read the books before the discussion, but not required.

Books are available for purchase through Left Bank Books at our discounted reading group 20% off rate. Please email Shane at Shane.m@left-bank.com with any questions. 

To see the full Read the Resistance schedule visit the Read the Resistance Book Club page.


About The Purpose of Power

An essential guide to building transformative movements to address the challenges of our time, from one of the country’s leading organizers and a co-creator of Black Lives Matter 
“Excellent and provocative . . . a gateway to . . . urgent debates.” —Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY Time • Marie Claire • Kirkus Reviews

In 2013, Alicia Garza wrote what she called “a love letter to Black people” on Facebook, in the aftermath of the acquittal of the man who murdered seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin. Garza wrote: 
Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter. 
With the speed and networking capacities of social media, #BlackLivesMatter became the hashtag heard ’round the world. But Garza knew even then that hashtags don’t start movements—people do. 
Long before #BlackLivesMatter became a rallying cry for this generation, Garza had spent the better part of two decades learning and unlearning some hard lessons about organizing. The lessons she offers are different from the “rules for radicals” that animated earlier generations of activists, and diverge from the charismatic, patriarchal model of the American civil rights movement. She reflects instead on how making room amongst the woke for those who are still awakening can inspire and activate more people to fight for the world we all deserve. 
This is the story of one woman’s lessons through years of bringing people together to create change. Most of all, it is a new paradigm for change for a new generation of changemakers, from the mind and heart behind one of the most important movements of our time.

About the Author

Alicia Garza is an organizer, political strategist, and cheeseburger enthusiast. She is the principal at the Black Futures Lab and the Black to the Future Action Fund, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, director of strategy and partnerships at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and host of the Lady Don’t Take No podcast.


Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
Left Bank Books Online Meeting - Registration is required
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ISBN: 9780525509684
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Published: One World - October 20th, 2020