Happy 4th Anniversary, Black Lives Matter!
Today marks the fourth year of the Black Lives Matter Movement fighting against the injustices towards disenfranchised people living in the United States, especially African-Americans.
Over the last four years, the Black Lives Matter Movement has encouraged people, no matter skin color, race, ethnicity, or cultural background, to stand up and come to together as a unit and peacefully protest for lives that were lost due to police brutality.
So here were celebrated four moments that made Black Lives Matter become a movement:
4. Citizens protest nationally and internationally
The majority of the time when a black or brown victim dies, his/her community of protestors come together, and tries get justice for the victim. There has been peaceful protest all across the United States and from Brazil to the United Kingdom.
3. One of the most popular trending topics on Twitter in 2015
According to Twitter Analytics, Black Lives Matter became one of the popular trending topics in 2015, through hashtags and mentions.
2. The creation of the Black Lives Matter Organisation
In 2013, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi started the Black Lives Matter organisation as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the crime he committed.
1. The death of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and Sandra Bland
These three victims brought Black Lives Matter national attention and it turn into movement because these citizens died from police brutality and misconduct. And the officers who were involved was not held accountable for their crimes.