Patrisse Cullors

American artist and activist

Patrisse Cullors supports African Americans and their rights. She co-founded Black Lives Matter. She was born in 1984 and grew up in Los Angeles. She also supports LGBTQ rights.[1]

Cullors in 2015

Early life


Cullors lived during a time when prison populations were rising. Her father and brother were in and out of prison most of her life. Her mom worked long hours and spent limited time with her. When she was 16, she identified as queer and had her first girlfriend. Her family did not agree, but her friends supported her. She decided to get involved in other groups that would support her and help others like her.[1]

Cullors went to UCLA, where she studied philosophy and religion. She kept trying to get equal rights during this time.[1]



Cullors co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement. She created a hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter. It spread quickly on social media sites. She helped African-Americans that needed help with lawsuits against them. She supported the LGBTQ community. She wanted everyone to have equal rights.[1]



Cullors wrote the book called STAINED: An Intimate Portrayal of State Violence. It talks about violence in prison.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Patrisse Cullors." Gale Biography in Context, Gale, 2017. Biography In Context,[permanent dead link] Accessed 7 May 2018.