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Alicia Garza – The Birth of #BlackLivesMatter

AliciaGarzaTwo years ago, the acquittal of police officer George Zimmerman for the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri sparked a national movement against police brutality and systematic discrimination against African-American’s called Black Lives Matter. The organization is famously referred to for its twitter hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter but in this talk, co-founder Alicia Garza clarifies that #BLM is much more than a hashtag–it’s the revival of the Black liberation movement in the US: “We are organizers. We are not social media activists.” Garza speaks to a full audience at the University of Southern Maine, about the birth, politics, vision, and future of Black Lives Matter.

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