Black Lives Matter founded

Sat, 2013-07-13

*Black Lives Matter (BLM) was founded on this date in 2013. It is an international activist movement, originating in the African American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people.

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 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, 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.

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