Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, Patrisse Cullors

Black Lives



Protesters with the Black Lives Matter movement. They are marching in Charlotte, N.C. They are following the shooting death of Keith Scott by police. The Black Lives Movement has become a huge, national movement.

Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors played significant roles in founding the impactful movement #BlackLivesMatter, which aims spread awareness not only nationwide, but across the globe. They felt moved after hearing of the murder and trial of Trayvon Martin, and knew they had to make a change to fix society.  A hashtag on social media turned into something much larger, they created growing support for national change.

In an interview with TEDTalks, Cullors said, “Black Lives Matter is our call to action. It is a tool to re-imagine a world where black people are free to exist, free to live. It is a tool for our allies to show up differently for us.”