Standing up for the unseen

Activist Andrea J. Ritchie will speak at Mount Holyoke on March 29 about her new book.

As an attorney, Andrea J. Ritchie has litigated numerous police-misconduct cases. She has also worked as an activist with anti-violence organizations and agencies, and done extensive research, writing and advocacy around the criminalization of LGBT people of color.

Her extensive background informs her new book, “Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color,” in which Ritchie writes both a historical account of violence against black women, indigenous women and women of color, and explores individual stories of contemporary women of color, such as Sandra Bland, who died in police custody after being arrested during a traffic stop.

Ritchie, who is the researcher-in-residence on race, gender, sexuality, and criminalization at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, will speak at Mount Holyoke College on Thursday, March 29, at 4:30 p.m. in Gamble Auditorium in the Art Building. The event will be followed by a book-signing, with copies available for sale by the Odyssey Bookshop.

“This is a book that dares us not to turn away,” wrote Angela Y. Davis in the book’s forward. Davis is the Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness & Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. “This book is testimony of a life devoted to collective struggle and radical social transformation.”

A 2014 Senior Soros Justice Fellow, Ritchie is also the co-author of “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women” and “Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States.”