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Black Lives Matter Movement Marks Fourth Anniversary

The murder of teenager Trayvon Martin sparked a national debate about racism and inspired Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi to start the campaign group.
 
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The Founders of Black Lives Matter Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi talking about the movement they founded at a Ted Women conference in 2016
The Founders of Black Lives Matter Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi talking about the movement they founded at a Ted Women conference in 2016 Photo:Ted.com
The movement was born in Florida, matured in Ferguson and now exists around the globe and online.
The movement was born in Florida, matured in Ferguson and now exists around the globe and online. Photo:Facebook / Black Lives Matter
Trayvon Martin was killed in Florida on February 26, 2012 by George Zimmerman. On July 13, 2013 Zimmerman was acquitted of his killing; the verdict became the defacto genesis of the Black Lives Matter Movement
Trayvon Martin was killed in Florida on February 26, 2012 by George Zimmerman. On July 13, 2013 Zimmerman was acquitted of his killing; the verdict became the defacto genesis of the Black Lives Matter Movement Photo:EFE
BLM Mother
BLM Mother's Day tribute to Trayvon's mother Sabrina Fulton. This portrait was part of artist's Christina O's 7 piece art series on the subject Photo:Facebook / Black Lives Matter
Trayvon
Trayvon's parents Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin attend an information session of the Democratic Judiciary Committee of the House on "racial profiling and hate crimes" March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC Photo:EFE
Michael Brown was shot and killed  August 9, 2014 by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. His death sparked riots and made BLM a national movement
Michael Brown was shot and killed August 9, 2014 by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. His death sparked riots and made BLM a national movement Photo:Reuters
In 2017, Michael Brown
In 2017, Michael Brown's parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. settled their lawsuit with the city of Ferguson, Missouri, over his death in 2014 Photo:Reuters
BLM Los Angeles chapter stage a "die-in" in Compton to protest the use of assault rifles that police officers carry on school campuses.
BLM Los Angeles chapter stage a "die-in" in Compton to protest the use of assault rifles that police officers carry on school campuses. Photo:Facebook / Black Lives Matter
A July 16, 2013 march throughout a Latin American neighborhood in New York to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.  The sign says, :We
A July 16, 2013 march throughout a Latin American neighborhood in New York to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The sign says, :We're are all Trayvon." Photo:EFE
BLM has, since it was formed, chronicled the abuses people of color, and black people in particular, face at the hands of the US Police Force. Here the movement protests the LA Police Force
BLM has, since it was formed, chronicled the abuses people of color, and black people in particular, face at the hands of the US Police Force. Here the movement protests the LA Police Force's handling of the death of Redel Jones and their failure to punish the officer responsible Photo:EFE
The phrase "Black Lives Matter" has entered the lexicon. Here Quita Woodard holds a placard with the phrase to protest the acquittal of Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the shooting death of Philando Castile
The phrase "Black Lives Matter" has entered the lexicon. Here Quita Woodard holds a placard with the phrase to protest the acquittal of Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the shooting death of Philando Castile Photo:Reuters
"Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.  It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some Black communities... It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.  It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.” Black Lives Matter
"Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some Black communities... It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.” Black Lives Matter Photo:EFE
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