Leonardo Dorantes Lecture
Under the leadership of then-President Peter R. MacDougall, Ed.D, the Leonardo Dorantes
Memorial Lecture Fund was established in 1990 under the auspices of the SBCC Foundation.
The lecture honors the memory of a second-year SBCC student and Mexican immigrant,
Leonardo Dorantes. Celebrated as a motivated student, respected by peers and professors
alike, Leonardo died in a race-related tragedy in November of 1990. The lecture series
to heighten awareness and understanding of racial and ethnic diversity in our society, politics, and culture.
Social Activist, Best-selling Author of When They Call You A Terrorist &
Co-Creator of the Viral Twitter Hashtag and Movement, #BlackLivesMatter
Artist, organizer, educator, and popular public speaker, Patrisse Cullors is a Los
Angeles native and Co-Founder
of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and Founder of grassroots Los Angeles based organization Dignity and Power Now. She is also a senior fellow at MomsRising where she is working on ending Maternal Mortality and Morbidity.
In 2013, Patrisse co-founded the global movement with the viral twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter
since grown to an international organization with dozens of chapters around the world fighting anti-Black racism.
In January 2016 Patrisse Cullors published her memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir. Her memoir became an instant New York Times Bestseller.
Patrisse has been honored with various awards including: The Sydney Peace Prize Award
(2017), Black Woman
of the Year Award (2015) from The National Congress of Black Women, Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century Award (2015) from the Los Angeles Times, Community Change Agent Award (2016) from BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, Inc., Women of the Year Award for the Justice Seekers Award (2016) from Glamour, and ESSENCE’ first-ever Woke Award.
Patrisse is currently a 2019 MFA candidate at the University of Southern California.
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