The Purpose of Power

Spring 2023 Community Read

Categories: EDS at Union

A person with long dark hair wearing a black jacket and white shirt stands beside a promotional image for the book "The Purpose of Power" by Alicia Garza. The text reads "Spring 2023 Community Read". The book cover features purple, yellow, and black colors.

Each semester, Episcopal Divinity School at Union selects a book that serves as a guiding focus for discussion on justice issues that are critical for faith communities. For Spring 2023, EDS at Union has selected The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart by Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza is an organizer, political strategist, and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network. She is Principal at the Black Futures Lab and the host of the Lady Don’t Take No podcast. Garza’s book, The Purpose of Power is an essential guide to building the type of movements that can address the challenges of our time, from one of the country’s leading organizers.

SAVE THE DATE Thursday, March 23 from 6 – 7:30 pm ET. Alicia Garza will join us on campus for a public address, and interview with Dean Kelly Brown Douglas.
PURCHASE The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart
WATCH an interview with Alicia Garza from last April when she joined Dean Douglas for a Just Conversation

The Purpose of Power is a collection of Garza’s essays and speeches that focus on the power dynamics of race, gender, and class in the United States. The book explores the ways in which marginalized communities can come together to build collective power and create change, and how individuals can use their own power to advocate for social justice. It is a call to action for individuals and communities to use their power to create a more just and equitable society.

Members of the Union student body can attend in person. We also have limited space for external guests to join us on-site. For those unable to attend in person, join us virtually via Zoom. An RSVP is required and will be available in the coming months.