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Two pillars of the Echo Park community—the library and the lake—unite for a lively neighborhood gathering. Hear live music from Amir Kelly, the “self-crowned Blindian,” and listen in to an inspiring reading by Patrisse Cullors, an L.A. artist, organizer, freedom fighter, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Chairperson of Reform LA Jails, she is also a performance artist, popular public speaker, and a New York Times bestselling author. For her activism and movement building, Cullors has received many awards including being named by the LA Times as a Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century and the Sydney Peace Prize. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at Prescott College as well as completed an international tour for her new book When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir. This year Patrisse teamed up with digital media company blackpills to produce RESIST, a docu-series following her Los Angeles grassroots community’s efforts to stop a $3.5 billion jail expansion plan.


Amir Kelly

Amir Kelly is a Pop/R&B artist from Riverside, California. Incorporating classical Indian melodies and 90’s R&B, he draws from his Black and Indian heritage to deliver both a compelling modern sound and a message that empowers listeners to reclaim their crown.


Location
This program will take place at the Echo Lake Park, at 751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Parking
There is a free street parking at Echo Park Lake and surrounding neighborhoods. Please note: give yourself ample time to find street parking as it often takes time to find a free space on the weekends.


Photo Credit: Patrisse Cullors © Dana Washington


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the reservation policy for ALOUD?

    As most ALOUD at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7 PM.

  • Why do programs fill so quickly?

    ALOUD provides a unique experience for the public to engage with scholars, authors, and artists in the intimate 235-seat Mark Taper Auditorium. Library Foundation Members have the benefit of reserving for programs in advance of the public. Consider joining as a Member to receive this benefit, and check the website on an on-going basis for program availability. Be sure to subscribe to our email alerts, and visit our Media Archive for podcasts and other items from our recent programs.

  • Where does ALOUD take place?

    Unless otherwise noted, ALOUD programs are held at the downtown Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.

  • Where should I park for ALOUD programs?

    We recommend taking public transportation. Parking for the Central Library is at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. For more information, visit the Library’s website.

  • Should I purchase the author’s book in advance?

    We encourage you to purchase books from the Library Store. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Books are made available for purchase when you reserve for a program online, and are also on sale at programs. In order to participate in the book signing, you must purchase at least one book from The Library Store. Members receive discounts on purchases.


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