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Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi to speak at Eckerd College next month

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Opal Tometi, co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the head of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), is slated to speak at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg next month.

A first-generation Nigerian-American, Tometi has been active in immigrant rights for much of the past decade. As director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, she became a vocal opponent of Arizona’s controversial SB-1070. She was picked last year by the Los Angeles Times as one of the new civil rights leaders in the country.

The point was really to engage people who are community organizers or just concerned citizens in this moment in racial justice,” Tometi told The Nation last year regarding the origins of the Black Lives Matter movement. “How are we specifically addressing anti-black violence as it occurs? More broadly, I really wanted to open up the space for a conversation that moved beyond police brutality. So that’s why we kind of kept it broad.”

Tometi will speak at Eckerd College’s Fox Hall on Feb. 29.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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