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The Black Lives Matter Movement (2013-- )

Black Lives Matter Protest in Tel Aviv, Israel, 2015
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The Black Lives Matter Movement has grown into the largest black-led protest campaign since the 1960s. While specific goals and tactics vary by city and state, overall the movement seeks to bring attention to police violence against African Americans and in particular the use of deadly force against mostly unarmed civilians. While the issue of police brutality and unnecessary deadly force has been a focus point of black anger and frustration through much of the 19th and all of the 20th centuries, the violent death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in 2012 galvanized various efforts into a single national movement.

This page which begins with an article by Professor Herb Ruffin of Syracuse University describing the founding (and founders) of the movement. Then there are specific profiles on the founders, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. The entries that follow identify incidents both before and after 2012 which have inspired the activism of Black Lives Matter members and supporters.

We at know this is an incomplete list. While we are aware of at least forty other names that should be included and are constantly adding profiles, we ask your help in identifying and writing profiles of these and other individuals not yet covered. If you are interested in contributing to this list, please contact us at suggestions [at] blackpast [dot] org.


Black Lives Matter: Founding a Movement

Alicia Garza, 1981

Patrisse Cullors, 1984

Opal Tometi, 1984

Berry Lawson Case, 1938

Johnny Robinson, 1963

Bobby Hutton, 1968

Eula Mae Love, 1979

Rodney King, 1991

Latasha Harlins, 1991

Abner Louima, 1997

Amadou Diallo, 1999

Roger Owensby, Jr., 2000

Timothy DeWayne Thomas, Jr., 2001

Orlando Barlow, 2003

Henry Glover, 2005

Sean Elijah Bell, 2006

Deaunta T. Farrow, 2007

Tarika Wilson, 2008

Oscar Juliuss Grant III, 2009

Kiwane Albert Carrington, 2009

Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 2010

Derrick Jones, 2010

Reginald Doucet, 2011

Alonzo Ashley, 2011

Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., 2011

Anthony Lamar Smith, 2011

Ramarley Graham, 2012

Trayvon Martin, 2012

Wendell James Allen, 2012

Shereese Francis, 2012

Rekia Boyd, 2012

Tamon Robinson, 2012

Sharmel Edwards, 2012

Shantel Davis, 2012

Reynaldo Cuevas, 2012

Jordan Russell Davis, 2012

Malissa Williams, 2012

Timothy R. Russell, 2012

Deion Fludd, 2013

Carlos Alcis, 2013

Andy Lopez, 2013

Eric Garner, 2014

John Crawford III, 2014

Michael Brown Jr., 2014

Ezell Ford, 2014

Laquan McDonald, 2014

Akai Kareem Gurley, 2014

Tamir Rice, 2014

Natasha McKenna, 2015

Walter Lamar Scott, 2015

Freddie Gray, 2015

Sandra Bland, 2015

Christian Taylor, 2015

Jamar O'Neal Clark, 2015

Gregory Gunn, 2016

Philando Castile, 2016

Sylville Smith, 2016

Terence Crutcher, 2016

Keith Lamont Scott, 2016

Jocques Clemmons, 2017

Charleena Lyles, 2017

Charles Smith, Jr., 2018

Related Entries:

DeRay Mckesson

Erica Garner, 2017

Related Pages:

Racial Violence in the United States Since 1660

Lynching in the United States Since 1865

Race, Crime, and Incarceration in the United States

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