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Charlene Carruthers

Writer, Filmmaker & Black Studies Scholar; Founder of BYP100

Writer, Filmmaker & Black Studies Scholar; Founder of BYP100

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Charlene Carruthers Biography

Charlene A. Carruthers (she/her) is a writer, filmmaker, community organizer, and Black Studies PhD Candidate at Northwestern University. A practitioner of telling more complete stories, her work interrogates historical conjunctures of Black freedom-making post-emancipation and decolonial revolution, Black governance, and Black feminist abolitionist geographies. She is a 2020 Marguerite Casey Presidential Freedom Scholar and Mellon Interdisciplinary Cluster Fellow in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her work spans more than 15 years of community organizing across racial, gender and economic justice movements. Carruthers wrote and directed The Funnel, a short film, which received the Queer Black Voices Award at the 35th Annual aGLIFF Prism Film Festival.

As the founding national director of BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100), she worked alongside hundreds of young Black activists to build a member-led organization dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. Her work has been covered in several publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Reader, The Nation, Ebony and Essence Magazines. She has appeared on CNN, Democracy Now!, BBC and MSNBC. The Chicago native has also written for, CRISIS Magazine, Teen Vogue, Truthout, Colorlines and the Boston Review. She is recognized as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans by The Root 100, one of Ebony Magazine's "Woke 100," an Emerging Power Player in Chicago Magazine and is the 2017 recipient of the YWCA's Dr. Dorothy I. Height Award.

A believer in telling more complete stories about the Black Radical Tradition, Carruthers is a highly sought after speaker at various institutions including Wellesley College, Shaw University, Princeton University, Northwestern University and her alma mater Illinois Wesleyan University. She is author of the bestselling book, Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements.

Charlene Carruthers Speaking Topics

  • So Much Is Possible: A Meditation on Black Feminism, Abolition and Love

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

Charlene Carruthers Videos

  • Charlene Carruthers and adrienne maree brown in Conversation
    It’s not a stretch to suggest that true revolutionary power lies in a group’s ability to come together, organize, learn, share and experiment...
  • Charlene Carruthers on Her Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate
    Charlene Carruthers, national director of the Black Youth Project 100, joins us for a wide-ranging discussion upon the publication of her timely new...
  • Charlene Carruthers, BYP100
    Unapologetic is a 21st-century activist’s guide to upending mainstream ideas about race, class, and gender carves out a path to collective...

Charlene Carruthers Books

  • Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements
    Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements

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Charlene Carruthers is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as So Much Is Possible: A Meditation on Black Feminism, Abolition and Love and Building on the Dream: Continuing a Black Radical Tradition in the Movement for Black Lives. The estimated speaking fee range to book Charlene Carruthers for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Charlene Carruthers generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tamika D. Mallory, Nikki Giovanni, Ellen McGirt, Dorothy Roberts and Renee Montgomery. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Charlene Carruthers for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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