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Truth & Liberation: Black Lives Matter and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S

Talk by Lecia Brooks, chief of staff for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Moderated by Andreas Etges Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 pm at Amerikahaus.


The public murder of Mr. George Floyd in May 2020 has pushed social justice movement leaders and activists to a heightened level of engagement. Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC), and other historically oppressed groups are now demanding more than “equal rights.” We’ll explore how and why people pushed to the margins have moved beyond the “politics of respectability” in their quest toward liberation.

csm_2021-11-22_website_Lecia_Brooks_72076de14cLecia Brooks is the chief of staff for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), where she assists with strategic planning and works with stakeholders across the organization to ensure the SPLC’s success. Before her current role, Brooks served as the SPLC’s chief workplace transformation officer, where she supported leadership and staff efforts to build a culture of inclusiveness and ensure a continued focus on diversity and equity. Brooks also previously served as the SPLC’s outreach director, where she traveled across the U.S. and abroad to speak about rising extremism and authoritarianism. She also served as the founding director of the SPLC’s Civil Rights Memorial Center, an interpretive space designed to provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement.

Moderation: Andreas Etges

Organizer: Amerikahaus – Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations in cooperation with U.S. Consulate General Munich.

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