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Alicia Garza, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, to speak at USF

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Alicia Garza, social activist and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, will speak at the University of South Florida at 8 p.m. today (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) as part of the student-run University Lecture Series in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. The lecture is part of the university’s MLK Commemorative Week, celebrating the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The student organizers of the event expect Garza to engage the audience in a discussion about race relations in America and how her…

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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…

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