What does Social Change mean to you?
Join us at the Luskin pop-up coffee shop to hear personal expressions of social change from UCLA students and guest speaker.
Featured Guest: Funmilola Fagbamila
Founding Member of Black Lives Matter
Funmilola Fagbamila is a Nigerian American scholar, activist, playwright and artist. She currently serves as a professor of Pan African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. As a founding member of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Funmilola has been organizing with BLM since its inception in 2013 and currently serves as the Arts and Culture director for the Los Angeles chapter. While her artistry is multifaceted, including her work as a spoken word artist and emcee, Funmilola’s current project, entitled “The Intersection: Woke Black Folk”, is a stage play on the complexities of black political identity. This project has been met with critical acclaim by thinkers and artists such as Angela Davis and Erykah Badu. It premiered at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles as the featured theatrical production in March 2018. In 2015, Funmilola was honored by the United States Congress and the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance for her commendable activist scholarship, service and struggle. In 2017, Funmilola was awarded the Inaugural Activist-in-Residence position at the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin. And in 2018, Amplify Africa and the US Congress honored Funmilola once more with the “African Excellence” award in the field of education. Her writing, political analyses and social commentary have been featured in publications such as the Guardian, NOW THIS news and NPR.