This Movement Will Take You So High and So Low


  • Mia Karisa Dawson University of California, Los Angeles


Black Lives Matter, abolition, community organizing, empowerment, youth, queer identities


I address this letter to myself on November 25, 2014, the day after the non-indictment of Michael Brown’s murderer, when a resounding silence in my college physics class sparked a fire in me and a journey of awakening and action. Somewhere between a love letter and a condolence, a reassurance and a forewarning, these words serve to soften my stumble towards empowerment and insight as I grow as a young organizer in the Black Lives Matter movement.


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How to Cite

Dawson, M. (2024). This Movement Will Take You So High and So Low. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 23(2), 128–132. Retrieved from



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