Born in Los Angeles, Patrice Khan-Cullors, 34, became an activist at 16. In 2012, she gained a religion and philosophy degree, toured her first performance art piece, Stained: An Intimate Portrayal Of State Violence, and founded Dignity And Power Now. In 2013, she co-founded Black Lives Matter. Her memoir, When They Call You A Terrorist, was published earlier this year. She is married to Janaya Khan, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada, and lives in Los Angeles.

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When were you happiest?
In elementary school. I loved learning.

What is your greatest fear?
That my child will die due to police violence.

What is your earliest memory?
At my mom’s house with my uncle, giggling and laughing with him.


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