Oakland-based community organizer Alicia Garza first posted the phrase black lives matter in 2013 following the acquittal of 17 year old Trayon Martin's killer. She joined with artist-organizer Patrisse Kahn-Cullors, and writer-organzier Opal Tometi to found the Black Lives Matter Global Network, which works to end widespread racist policies and police brutality.

 

While the organization has only 17 official chapters, the phrase quickly circled the globe in work for black liberation. 

 

 

 

Breonna Taylor

 

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George Floyd

 

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Atatiana Jefferson

 

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Black Lives Matter co-founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi

 

Stephon Clark

 

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Eric Garner

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Michelle Cusseaux

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Philando Castile

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Freddie Gray

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Akai Gurley

 

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Gabriella Nevarez

 

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Michael Brown

 

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Tamir Rice

 

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Tanisha Anderson

 

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Rekia Boyd

 

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Aiyanna Jones

 

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Shantel Davis

 

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Yvette Smith

 

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Tyisha Miller

 

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Pearlie Golden

 

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Kathryn Johnston

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Tarika Wilson

 

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John Crawford

 

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