Aisha K. Staggers is a senior editor for BookTrib and a contributor to HuffPost and Blavity. Her work includes contributions to The Politics of Post-9/11 Music: Sound, Trauma, and the Music Industry in the Time of Terror (2011), Gumbo for the Soul: Liberating Memoirs and Stories to Inspire Females of Color (2016) and Prince and the Minneapolis Sound (2018). (January 2018)
Patrisse Khan-Cullors: Over the last four and half years, we’ve seen BLM go from a phrase to a hashtag to a political platform to a movement. In the development of Black Lives Matter, we’ve seen the growth of black leadership and the rise of white nationalism. We’ve seen the rise of white men who have really invested time and energy in trying to undermine our movement. Part of the work that we’ve done is to remind people across the globe that black people are critical to the fabric of American democracy.