WATCH: Arrested for activism: "One of the officers whispered 'Really give it to her'"

Blair Imani on her activism after she was arrested for protesting for Alton Sterling

D. Watkins
July 30, 2017 10:00PM (UTC)

Activist Blair Imani is the founder and executive director of Equality for HER, a nonprofit educational platform for female-identifying individuals.

Imani rose to national attention when she was arrested while peacefully protesting the death of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was shot multiple times while he was in police custody, and viral images of her screaming in cuffs while being subdued by two police officers flooded the internet.


Unfortunately, the cops who killed Sterling will not be charged. That news did not stop Imani, as she is still fighting to bring about positive change. Her new project is "Modern HerStory," a book that she says is “a resource for the empowerment of children, teens and adults who feel like they do not have a mirror to themselves. Through this book, we are expanding the discussion of WHO can make history -- or in this case HERstory.”

Imani stopped by the Salon studio recently to talk about the incident and how activism should work.

We protest, we work inside of the system outside of the system, we get frustrated and we break things and it’s the same results happen every time: these people just get to walk away.


It’s definitely something that troubles me. It’s something that makes it hard to sleep. And that’s where a lot of my activism falls, finding that thing that makes it hard to sleep.

Where I find my role to be is this position of education — helping folks unlearn those fears from a young age and making sure the black kids and the brown kids who are feeling that violence recognize that they are not the way they are being treated by the system.

Watch more of our conversation about activism and ways you can help Blair make a difference.

D. Watkins

D. Watkins is an Editor at Large for Salon. He is also a professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. Watkins is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoirs “The Beast Side: Living  (and Dying) While Black in America” and "The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir." His latest book, "We Speak For Ourselves: A Word From Forgotten Black America," is out now.

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