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Charlene Carruthers        

Social Justice Activist, Community Organizer & Founder of BYP100

Charlene A. Carruthers is a Black, queer feminist community organizer, and writer with over 15 years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work. As the founding national director of BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100), she has worked alongside hundreds of young Black activists to build a national base of activist member-led organization of Black 18-35 year olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people.

Her passion for developing young leaders to build capacity within marginalized communities has led her to work on immigrant rights, economic justice and civil rights campaigns nationwide. She has led grassroots and digital strategy campaigns for national organizations including the Center for Community Change, the Women's Media Center, and National People's Action, as well as being a member of a historic delegation of young activists in Palestine in 2015 to build solidarity between Black and Palestinian liberation movements.

Carruthers is the founder and executive director of the Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation, a locally rooted and nationally connected learning community for political education, grassroots organizing, language and strategic communications capacity building.

Carruthers is author of the bestselling book, "Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements."

Speech Topics

Building on the Dream: Continuing a Black Radical Tradition in the Movement for Black Lives

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