Biography of Patrisse Cullors – Founder of Black Lives Matter Movement

Who is Patrisse Cullors? 

Patrisse Cullors is one of America’s dauntless and leading activists, social reformers, lecturers, authors, and artists who co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013. 

What is her age and how tall is she?

She was born on June 20, 1983, in Los Angeles, United States. As of 2024, she is 40 years old with an apt height of 5 feet 7 inches.

She crowned the audacity to confront and uncover the frightening truths of today’s society where ostensible populations are not leaving a minor chance to mentally and socially inflict people of different races and colors.

In 2012, the world was shattered with the news of a 17-year-old African American boy Trayvon Benjamin Martin fatally gunned by a 28-year-old American man George Zimmerman during Martin’s visit to his relatives on the chilly night of February 26.

Zimmerman was taken into custody until July 13, 2013, when he was found not guilty and acquitted of all the charges. The aforementioned annihilation exasperated Cullors and her crony friends which resulted in the dawn of the Black Lives Matter movement from the same year of Zimmerman’s acquittal.

American civil rights activist Alicia Garza and human rights strategist Opal Tometi together with Cullors created hashtag #BlackLivesMatter with an objective to bring awareness among the people regarding rights, justice, and freedom to the black population.

The movement not only became a burning sensation on the internet but also caught the eyes of countless celebrated people from political as well as entertainment spheres.

Educational Qualification Background 🎓 

Growing up in a very poor Mexican American neighborhood in San Fernando Valley, Cullors attended Millikan Middle School in Sherman Oaks where her white friends primarily presented her weeds. Then when she became habitual of the weeds, she was arrested for the same offense and at that time she was a pupil at the Van Nuys Middle School.

Subsequently, she was accepted into the social justice magnet program at Cleveland Humanities Magnet (formerly as Grover Cleveland High School).

She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she received her doctorate in religion and philosophy. Correspondingly she earned her terminal degree in fine arts (Master of fine arts) from the University of Southern California.

Family, Parents, & Siblings 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦

Cullors was predominantly raised and cared for by her mother Cherice Foley who was a member of a religious group called Jehovah’s Witnesses. She wasn’t given identification precisely about her biological father up until she was 11 years old.

Before being acquainted with Gabriel Brignac, she was raised with her two brothers Paul Cullors, Monte Cullors, and a sister Jasmine Cullors looking at Alton Cullors as their actual father figure. Her biological father Gabriel Brignac was constantly imprisoned for the same drug-related offense. In 2009, he departed this life in a homeless shelter.

Relationship & Boyfriend (2024) / Husband & Children 💑 

Cullors identified herself as a queer and found her soul mate in Janaya Khan who is a social activist and freedom fighter forbye hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Khan followed the footsteps of Cullors and co-established Black Lives Matter Toronto where she also strives for black population rights and freedom. They got hitched in the year 2016 with a heavenly celebration.

Aside from being a marvelous social reformer, Cullors also makes sure to fulfill her duties and responsibilities as a mother even though her offspring’s details aren’t disclosed yet in the media.

Earnings, Income, & Net Worth (2024)

It comes as no surprise that Cullors is an intellectually genius woman. She is substantially celebrated for her critical theory, revolutionaries’ and social movements that she learned from different corners of the world while performing and practicing activism.

Presently, she is an educator and mentor at Otis College of Art and Design where she speaks over co-creating #BlackLivesMatter. She also verbalizes her opinions as an educator at Prescott College regarding social justice and community organizing.

A memoir was published in 2018 titled “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” written by Cullors with award-winning author Asha Bandele. The memoir was successfully recorded on The New York Times Best Seller List on February 4, 2018.

Cullors estimated net worth is around $2 million dollars as of 2024, however, she has not officially disclosed any additional information and statements regarding her available means, assets, and possessions. She did come to light recently when she erected a $35k fencing and electric gate on the premises of her new $1M home.

Biography & Wiki Quick Summary

Name: Patrisse Cullors

Full Real Name: Patrisse Marie Khan-Cullors Brignac

Popularly Known as: Co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM)

Country: United States

Nationality: American

Profession: activist, social reformer, lecturer, author, and artist

Age: 40 years old (2024)

Height: 5 feet 7 inches

Weight: 76 kg

Body Measurements: N/A

Religion: Christianity

Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth (Birthday) 🎂: June 20, 1983

Net Worth (2024) 💲: $2 million

Income/Earnings/Salary 💲: N/A

Education Qualification 🎓: Graduated

School/college 🏫: Millikan Middle School, Van Nuys Middle School, Cleveland Humanities Magnet (formerly as Grover Cleveland High School), University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California

Father Name: Gabriel Brignac (biological father), Alton Cullors (step-father)

Mother Name: Cherice Foley

Brother Name: Paul Cullors, Monte Cullors

Sister Name: Jasmine Cullors

Marital status: N/A

Relationship Status ❤: Married

Girlfriend Name: Janaya Khan

Wife Name: Janaya Khan

Children/Kids: 1

Son Name: N/A

Daughter Name: N/A

Facebook Account: YES

Instagram Account: N/A

Twitter Account: N/A

Wikipedia: YES


Official Social Sites

Facebook , Twitter OsopePatrisse

Instagram @osopepatrisse



Some Facts About Patrisse Cullors

1.  Her brothers were illegally misconducted by police officers where Cullors witnessed the officers slamming her brothers on the wall without any offense. At that time her brothers were just 11 and 13 years old.

2.  In 1999, his younger brother Monte Cullors was arrested for robbing his mother’s car and during his imprisonment time in Los Angeles County jail, he was physically tortured by the officers. He was also forced to drink up the toilet water.

3.  After those disturbing behaviors with her brother, she started movements to replace the prison system with a system of rehabilitation where the government will be extra concentrated towards growth rather than brutal punishments.  

4.  She is planning to publish her second book on October 5, 2021, with a powerful title “An Abolitionist Handbook” under St Martin’s press.

5.  Cullors resigned from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation in May 2021.

6.  She will also be seen working in multi-year wide-ranging TV deals with Warner Brothers.

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