Founded in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, #BlackLivesMatter has become a global organization and movement. It is a reaction to the deep seated social, economic and cultural issues which continue to affect, oppress and cause harm to the black community. #BlackLivesMatter has a strong social media presence and its values are advocated by powerful and inspiring activists. The horrific and tragic murder of George Floyd by police officers has further thrust this movement into the public consciousness.
The hashtag was started in 2013 by Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors, originally intended for internet use its message has now transitioned into the streets and drives worldwide protests by a community that demands for social justice & liberation.
“Every day, we recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to
co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported.
We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities.
We work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.
We intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.”
Janaya Khan, International Ambassador for Black Lives Matter and founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, is a black, queer, gender-nonconforming activist and seen as the ‘future’ of the movement. Janaya has become a leading voice in the global struggle demanding social transformation, justice, and equality. An accomplished author and speaker, they provide a vital service to those who seek education and social enlightenment.
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We have, and always will stand alongside the black community – our family, friends, colleagues and clients – to help drive equality for all.
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