Black Lives Matter co-founder to speak at Vanderbilt University event

FILE PHOTO: Black Lives Matter demonstration in Nashville (WZTV)

One of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement is scheduled to speak at an upcoming Vanderbilt University event.

Patrisse Cullors will deliver the evening keynote address during the university's transdisciplinary symposium on the impact of Martin Luther King Jr.'s push for social justice.

Cullors will close the "From Martin Luther King Jr. to Black Lives Matter: 50 Years of Struggle” event on September 20. Cullors is slated to take the podium at 7:30 p.m. in the Langford Auditorium.

“This symposium represents the spirit of collaboration and the importance that we, as a university, place on open and mutual conversations about the important issues of our day,” said Emilie Townes, dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society. “The importance of our addressing racial justice as a university and as a nation is as important today as it has ever been in the life of this country.”

Cullors was the first to use the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.

The university said seats remain open for Cullors' address, but registration is requested. Find more information on the symposium here.

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