AMHERST, Mass. – Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers of January’s Women’s March on Washington and a Palestinian-American-Muslim racial justice and civil rights activist, will speak on “The Resistance: Organizing in the Age of Trump” on Friday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. in Mahar Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Sarsour is the former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, co-founder of Muslims for Ferguson and a member of the Justice League NYC. She has been at the forefront of major social justice campaigns in New York City and nationally. The Brooklyn-born Sarsour is also the mother of three.
She has received numerous awards and honors including being named a “Champion of Change” by the White House, the YWCA USA’s Women of Distinction Award for Advocacy and Civic Engagement and the Hala Maksoud Leadership Award from the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
The lecture is supported by the Lois E. Toko Class of '56 Lecture Series, which sponsors annual talks by distinguished women in public life.
The event is sponsored by the department of women, gender, sexuality studies, Center for Women and Community, Civic Engagement and Service Learning, communication department, English department, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, Graduate Employee Organization, Interdisciplinary Studies Institute, Muslim Students’ Association, Office of Family Resources, philosophy department, political science department, social thought and political economy program, UMass Chapter Amnesty International, UMass Chapter Oxfam International, UMass Students for Reproductive Justice, Women of Color Leadership Network at the Center for Women and Community, W.E.B. Du Bois Library and the Peace Development Fund.