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Revolutionary Love: A Conversation between Rev. Traci Blackmon and Valarie Kaur


As a nation, we are experiencing our own awakening right now. We are in the midst of an uprising for Black lives the world has never seen. Millions of us are flooding the streets, risking our lives, to call for justice since George Floyd’s public lynching. Millions more are rising up in solidarity. Revolutionary love is when you are brave enough to see no stranger.

This uprising is possible because of movement leaders who have been in the labor for decades — now joined by newly inaugurated activists – and the many generations of freedom fighters, of ancestors that came before us.

In her new book “See No Stranger,” Valarie Kaur uses stories of police brutality and corruption, prison abolition and national protest movements to illustrate the power of Revolutionary Love as a force for justice.

Join Valarie Kaur and Rev. Traci Blackmon for a conversation about Revolutionary Love, and how we can live into this awakening as people of faith.


Valarie Kaur: Valarie Kaur is a seasoned civil rights activist and celebrated prophetic voice “at the forefront of progressive change” (Center for American Progress). Valarie now leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice in America. As a lawyer, filmmaker, and innovator, she has won policy change on multiple fronts – hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, Internet freedom and more. Valarie’s new book, “See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love,” expands on her blockbuster TED Talk and is available now:

Rev. Traci Blackmon: Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. A featured voice with many regional, national and international media outlets and a frequent contributor to print publications, Rev. Blackmon’s communal leadership and work in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, MO has gained both national and international recognition and audiences from the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican.

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