The Black Lives Matter Movement

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Alicia Garza created the Black Lives Matter Movement with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi after the death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin. Black Lives Matter is an ideological and social group in a world where black lives are systematically and institutionally targeted. It became more than a hashtag and began to empower people. They began to move the hashtag from social media to the streets. It is movement to all people and supports the coming together to fight and protest against oppression. It has had many public protests in cities worldwide with supporters of all races in tow. The Black Lives Matter Movement has connected people across the country working to end the various forms of injustice impacting our people today. Alicia Garza along with her co-founders of the movement have hosted national conference calls focused on issues that are critical to working hard for the liberation of African Americans. The goal is according the the founders of this movements is to create a space for the celebration and humanization of black lives. “Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extra judicial killings of black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some black communities, which merely call on black people to love black, live black and buy black, keeping straight black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or

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