Released on Tuesday, Aug. 28, Unapologetic acts as a guide for activists and community organizers involved in social justice
movement work. The book, which quickly sold out on Amazon, draws upon Black intellectual
and grassroots organizing traditions including the Haitian Revolution, the U.S. civil
rights movement, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements.
Carruthers encourages young visionaries to make the movement for Black liberation
more radical, queer and feminist.
“There are so many messages, one of the most important is that incomplete stories
lead to incomplete solutions,” Carruthers said. “This book works to tell a more complete
story about the Black radical tradition, centering the leadership of Black women and
Carruthers also challenges people to revert mainstream ideas about race, class and
gender, and work toward achieving collective liberation.
“I hope people are agitated into thinking about capitalism, patriarch and anti-Blackness
as systems we all have a role in dismantling. This book isn't just about what I'm
against, but what I'm for – full human dignity and to be in right relationship with
the land we live on,” she said.
Unapologetic also articulates Carruther’s vision for strengthening social justice movements through
means of principled struggle, healing justice and leadership development. The book
offers a flexible model of what effective organizing can be, based on the Chicago
model of activism, which features long-term commitment, cultural sensitivity, creative
strategizing and multiple cross-group alliances.
“Quality relationship building, based in shared values and interests, are among the
most important components. We can't do anything without quality relationships,” Carruthers
By providing this framework for social justice movements, Carruthers hopes to inspire
change across this generation of activists.
“Unapologetic to me means full acceptance of what it means to be human and fight for collective
liberation,” Carruthers said. “I want more people to be bold about wanting more than
Band-Aid solutions. I want us all to work for nothing less than transformation.”
A strategist, writer and leading community organizer in today’s movement for Black
liberation, Carruthers has over 10 years of experience in racial justice, feminist,
and youth leadership development movement work. She is the founding national director
of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), an activist member-led organization of Black
18-35 year olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people.
Recognized as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans by The Root 100,
Carruthers was also the recipient of the Illinois Wesleyan University 2017 Outstanding Young Alumna Award. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history and international studies at Illinois
Wesleyan, Carruthers received her master’s degree in social work at Washington University
in St. Louis.