Black Lives Matter

social activist movement

Black Lives Matter (BLM for short) is an international [1] activist group. They originated in the African-American community. They are against violence and systemic racism toward black people.

Black Lives Matter
FormationJuly 13, 2013; 6 years ago (2013-07-13)
TypeSocial movement
Key people
Shaun King
DeRay Mckesson
Johnetta Elzie
Black Lives Matter die-in protest at Metro Green Line against allegations of police brutality in Saint Paul, Minnesota

The movement began in 2013 with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. They became famous for their street demonstrations, following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The earlier sparked riots and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The latter sparked protests all over the United States.[2]

Since the Ferguson protests, participants of Black Lives Matter have demonstrated against other African-Americans' deaths, like Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Laquan McDonald, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.


  1. "Black Lives Matter Movement". CNN. Retrieved Sep 24, 2016.
  2. "Black Lives Matter Movement Changes America". CBS News. Retrieved Sep 24, 2016.