Black Lives Matter - A Short History

2/2017

By Faith Bolqués

February is a month dedicated entirely towards black history; Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Carter G. Woodson, and other African American leaders.  February is also the month to celebrate black excellence everywhere, along with the people who are working to create even more black history to later be celebrated, such as the creators of the Black Lives Matter group and organization.

Black Lives Matter is an organization created by three black women after the death of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was placed on trial for his own murder, with his killer being held unaccounted for his crime. Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors originally created the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter as a call to action against the anti-blackness in the United States.

Black Lives Matter only grew after the death of Mike Brown at the hands of Police Officer Darren Wilson; from a simple hashtag to protests to a freedom ride, led by Cullors and Darnell L. Moore. The leaders of Black Lives Matter have hosted national conference calls focusing on the issues of black people around the world, connected characters across the country, and created spaces for the celebration and humanization of black lives. Black Lives Matters calls out the systematic oppression against black people that is still apparent in our current society, despite the fact that thousands of black people have died and are dying for the right to live and be considered equal to white people.