Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, is stepping down as executive director of the movement’s foundation. She decried what she called a smear campaign from a far-right group and recent criticism from other Black organizers, but told The Associated Press Thursday that didn’t influence her departure. She says she is leaving the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation to focus on other projects, including the upcoming release of her second book and a multi-year TV development deal with Warner Bros. Her departure follows a surge in support and political influence for the BLM movement, which was established eight years ago in response to injustice against Black Americans. In the last year the foundation raised over $90 million in donations.
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