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Sat, 07.13.2013

Black Lives Matter founded

*Black Lives Matter (BLM) was founded on this date in 2013. It is an international activist movement, originating in the Black community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward Black people.  It was founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi.

BLM regularly organizes protests around the deaths of black people in killings by law enforcement officers, and broader issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system. The movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African American teen Trayvon Martin in 2013.

Black Lives Matter became nationally recognized for its street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown, resulting in protests and unrest in Ferguson, and the death of Eric Garner in New York City.  Since the Ferguson protests, participants in the movement have demonstrated against the deaths of numerous other African Americans by police actions or while in police custody, including those of Jonathan Ferrell, John Crawford, Ezell Ford, Laquan McDonald, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, Eric Harris, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose, Alton Sterling, Jamar Clark and Philando Castile.

In the summer of 2015, Black Lives Matter activists began to publicly challenge politicians including politicians in the 2016 United States presidential election to state their positions on BLM issues.  They have also implemented Reparations and protest against the treatment of Palestinians by Israel in their platform.   Also, they were instrumental in shifting awareness to balancing congress in the 2018 national election.

With 2020 murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud arbery, Rashard brooks and others BLM remains at the front lines of law enforcement and other systemic forms of American and global racism

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