Linda Sarsour is the 2017 Margaret Brent speaker. Her topic: “Let’s Not Repeat History: Organizing in the Era of Trump.”
As a racial justice and civil rights activist, Sarsour is the former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. More recently, she was also the national co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, an event that resulted in the largest single-day civil protest and activist engagement in American history.
Established in 1981 and under the auspices of St. Mary’s College’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program to honor “distinguished public service” among women, the Margaret Brent Lecture has brought some of the most distinguished leaders in various fields to the college since its inception, including Rosa Parks, Betty Friedan, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Toni Morrison, and Angela Davis.
Sponsored by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and the Lecture & Fine Arts Committee.