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; 6 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 toward black people.

The movement began in 2013 with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media, 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.

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.