For Patrisse Cullors, every day is full of potential; for organizing and social-justice work, but also for, in her words, “giving people their flowers while they’re still here.” The Black Lives Matter co-founder and co-author of the best-selling 2018 memoir When They Call You A Terrorist spends much of her time fighting for Black liberation, noting that “there’s not enough time in a day” for all of her responsibilities, but she makes sure to prioritize self-care too; she starts most of her days lighting sage and setting intentions.
On a recent morning, Cullors is preparing for a conversation with Dr. Bernice King, daughter of famed civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., about how the two might work together; the professor of Social and Environmental Arts at Arizona’s Prescott College also has grades due, but she still tales the time to bring Vogue on a mini-tour of her art collection, which includes Alison Saar and Kerry James Marshall prints (as well as a framed copy of the New York Times best-seller list featuring Cullors’s book.)
Makeup and event prep take up a good part of Cullors’s afternoon, and then she’s off to find a snack in a fridge covered with artwork and Mother’s Day cards from her children. She favors a meal delivery service to make her jam-packed schedule a bit easier, snacking on protein and veggies with “the occasional carb”; she also loves kombucha, which she admits is “so California.” Once she’s eaten, she’s off to an event at the University of Washington, Tacoma to discuss her book. By the time Cullors is home, it’s 10 p.m., and she’s more than ready for bed—after all, tomorrow is another busy day.