Why We Say Black Lives Matter!
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About the Event
Facilitated by Kladi Mwansa, this presentation will explore the systemic targeting and eradication of Black bodies through a historical and present-day lens. The discourse surrounding Black Lives Matter focuses on America. However, state-sanctioned violence against black bodies is a worldwide occurrence acting under the guise of anti-blackness.
The original Black Lives Matter movement was developed in 2013 by three Black women, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. The political movement was created in response to the murder of Trayvon Benjamin Martin by George Michael Zimmerman on February 26th, 2012. George Michael Zimmerman was eventually acquitted of all crimes, in which the political movement started to gain momentum. Just a year later, Mike Brown was murdered by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer.
The Ferguson rallies in response to this injustice affirmed the legitimacy of the Black Lives Matter organization and political movement, with individuals from all over the world establishing Black Lives Matter organizations in response to racial inequality.