#blacklivesmatter was started with post on FaceBook by Alicia Garza to Patrisse Cullors in July 2013 as a response to the acquital of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Alicia used the phrase Black Live Matter and Patrisse responded with a hash tag of the phrase: #blacklivesmatter.
By August 2014, when Michael Brown, an black teenager was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, it had become a national movement.
After the murder of George Floyd, I read an article that 43% of people did not think that #blacklivesmatter was a positive movement. My response was this triptych of the three founders so I could start a dialogue with people and let them know the facts about the positive effects of the #blacklivesmatter movement.
#blacklivesmatter was started to bring awareness of racial bias and racial profiling by police of black people.
For further research:
Howard University: A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States: The Black Lives Matter Movement
Time: Top 100 most influential people in the U.S. for 2020
NPR: In 2020, Protests Spread Across The Globe With A Similar Message: Black Lives Matter
Brookings Institute: Black Lives Matter at 10 years: 8 ways the movement has been highly effective
BBC: What is Black Lives Matter and what are the aims?
CBS News: The global impact of George Floyd: How Black Lives Matter protests shaped movements around the world
NBC News: How Black Lives Matter changed America’s view on race
New York Times: Black Lives Matter May be the Largest Movement in U.S. History
PEW Research: Support for Black Lives Matter declined after George Floyd protests, but has remained unchanged since
Aljazeera: In 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement shook the world