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Renowned Activist and Speaker Tamika D. Mallory Discusses "New Book State of Emergency"

Left Bank Books welcomes renowned activist and speaker Tamika D. Mallory, who will discuss her new book, State of Emergency: How We Win in the Country We Built, on May 26 at 6pm CT/7pm ET in a private online event. Mallory will participate in a virtual event and conversation with Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis Kimberly M. Gardner, Damon Lindelof, & D.J. 'Shangela' Pierce. The conversation will be moderated by President and Founder of The Arc of Justice & host of The Justice Clapback's Elder Kirsten John Foy. This is an exclusive event that requires a ticket purchase that includes a copy of State of Emergency and a $5 donation to Until Freedom from Left Bank Books for admission. The first 150 tickets will include a signed copy of State of Emergency!

Social justice leader Tamika D. Mallory states her case for action in State of Emergency: How We Win in the Country We Built, a searing indictment of America's historical, deadly, and continuing assault on Black and brown lives.

Drawn from a lifetime of frontline culture-shifting advocacy, organizing, and fighting for equal justice, State of Emergency makes Mallory's demand for change and shares the keys to effective activism both for those new to and long-committed to the defense of Black lives.

Forward-looking, steeped in history, and rich with stories from life on the margins of American life, State of Emergency is a revelatory examination of the challenges we face, of the forces we must overcome, and a blueprint for all who maintain hope for social equity and a better tomorrow.

Tamika D. Mallory is a trailblazing social justice leader, movement strategist, globally recognized civil rights activist, co-founder Until Freedom and the historic Women’s March, and author of State of Emergency. She served as the youngest ever Executive Director of the National Action Network. Her speech in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN--entitled "State of Emergency"--was dubbed “the speech of a generation” by ABC News. Mallory is an expert in the areas of gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and grassroots organizing.

Elder Kirsten John Foy is a Minister of The Gospel of JESUS CHRIST, Civil and Human Rights activist, political strategist, commentator, and Founder of Arc of Justice.

Kimberly M. Gardner was elected Circuit Attorney in 2016 and assumed office on January 1, 2017. Gardner leads an office of 140 committed professionals who seek justice on the behalf of the residents of the City of St. Louis. Mrs. Gardner is a life-long resident of the City of St. Louis. Growing up in a high crime area of North St. Louis and her family’s 70-year funeral home business has exposed her to the devastation that violent crime has on far too many families. Her desire to strengthen the relationship between the community and law enforcement was an important motivator for her dedicating herself to becoming the city’s top prosecutor. Gardner is committed to engaging citizens throughout the community in a criminal justice system that promotes trust, accountability and transparency.

Damon Lindelof was born in New Jersey to a schoolteacher and a banker. He was also born a writer, although it would take over 25 years to figure that out. In 2004 he partnered with J.J. Abrams to create Lost. No, they were not dead the whole time. Since Damon left the island, he has worked as a writer and producer on Star Trek, Prometheus, World War Z and Tomorrowland. Returning to TV in 2014 Damon spent three seasons showrunning HBO’s critically-acclaimed The Leftovers, which he fiercely defends as “not as depressing as everyone says.” Most recently he wrapped up the HBO series Watchmen, which he fiercely defends as “not as confusing as everyone says.” Damon also wrote this bio.

Actor and Performer, D.J. “Shangela” Pierce, is best recognized as the only contestant to compete on three separate seasons of the Emmy-award winning reality series “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Seasons 2, 3 and “All Stars” 3). Shangela recently completed a 184 plus city international tour, performing her comedy and cabaret act to sold out audiences. In March 2019, Shangela brought down the house at the GLAAD Awards in LA performing a Beyoncé medley, and in May, hosted the GLAAD NY Awards show. This past year, Shangela launched her eponymous podcast, featuring interviews with diverse guests such as Andy Cohen, Lena Waite and more. In 2019, Time Magazine honored Shangela by including her on their prestigious TIME 100 Next List, which highlights 100 individuals who are shaping the future of their field and defining the next generation of leadership. Shangela was the first and only drag queen performer to be included.

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Event Properties

Event Date 05-26-2021 6:00 pm
Location Online