The movement and why it started

The Beginning of a Revolution

  • The movement was started by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi
  • They started the hashtag #blacklivesmatter in 2013 after the death of Trayvon Martin
  • Gained popularity in 2014 after the death of Michael Brown
  • There have been riots in places like Baltimore and Ferguson
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Unarmed black people killed by police

What Does Black Lives Matter Really Mean?

Why #blacklivesmatter isn't #alllivesmatter

  • Some people have tried to counter the #blacklivesmetter movement with #alllivesmatter
  • Their reasoning is that they think that #blacklivesmatter is saying only black lives are important or are part of the problem
  • Yes, all lives do matter, but the Black Lives Matter is pointing out that black folk are being killed for no reason except being black and it needs to stop