Black Lives Matter

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Black Lives Matter
Official logo depicting name in black capital letters on yellow background with "LIVES" color inverted
FormationJuly 13, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-07-13)
TypeActivist organization
PurposeAnti-racist advocacy and protest
  • International
    (mostly in the United States)
Key people
Black Lives Matter die-in protest at Metro Green Line against allegations of police brutality in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international[1] activist group. They originated in the African-American community. They are against violence and systemic racism towards black people.

History[change | change source]

The movement began in 2013 with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media. It started after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. They became famous for their street demonstrations, following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The earlier sparked riots and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The latter sparked protests all over the United States.[2]

Since the Ferguson protests, participants of Black Lives Matter have demonstrated against other African-Americans' deaths, like Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Laquan McDonald, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.

Black Lives Matter became much more widely accepted during the 2020 George Floyd Protests. Black Lives Matter filed a lawsuit against the police department of Seattle, Washington for violence against protesters.[3]

"It's now something where the Mitt Romneys of the world can join in, and that was something unimaginable back in 2014," said Justin Hansford, executive director of Howard University's Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. "That is the result of six years of hard work by people who are in the movement and have put forward so many discussions that really changed people’s hearts and minds." Hansford was also an activist in Ferguson.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Black Lives Matter Movement". CNN. Retrieved Sep 24, 2016.
  2. "Black Lives Matter Movement Changes America". CBS News. Retrieved Sep 24, 2016.
  3. Jack Brewster (June 10, 2020). "Seattle Protesters Take Over City Hall, Demand Mayor's Resignation". Forbes. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  4. Jose A. Del Real; Robert Samuels; Tim Craig (June 9, 2020). "How the Black Lives Matter movement went mainstream". Washington Post. Retrieved June 11, 2020.