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Investigate the Origins, Impact and Global Reach of Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter has changed national conversations around racial injustice and police corruption, its local chapters producing groundbreaking federal government reports about policing practices; while its global network centers Black women and queer people.

BLM activists have united across national boundaries to cause disruptions and generate international waves of protest, all within hours. Wellesley professors explore its origins, impact and global reach.


The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement was founded in 2013 as an international social movement to combat racism and anti-Black violence, particularly police brutality. It condemns the disproportionately high number of Black people killed by police across America and demands that society value Black lives equally with White ones. At first, BLM started as an online movement using #BlackLivesMatter on social media as a rallying call; quickly however it expanded into local chapters who organize rallies and marching events that bring awareness about racial justice causes.

Many of these events take place throughout the week. Many local chapters maintain websites and social media accounts to engage community members in civil action, and also offer volunteer opportunities so individuals can contribute their time and effort.

This movement has inspired similar ones around the globe and motivated lawmakers in some states to pass or introduce laws restricting protesting activities by criminalizing certain activities and punishing those engaging in them.

Local chapters have also hosted events to raise funds and awareness of issues affecting their local communities. Furthermore, chapters have set up scholarship funds so students may attend college or vocational schools that will allow them to fulfill their dreams of becoming professionals who will benefit their communities in ways most significant to them.

Organizers have sought to mainstream black culture through discussions and events. They have encouraged people to watch films featuring black actors or read books written by black authors; furthermore they encourage churches to host book clubs and discussions that center on topics pertaining to race justice or the African American experience.

Scholars have noted that the BLM movement is part of an historic legacy of black radical grassroots social movements employing anti-abolitionism rhetoric to advance racial justice. Such movements include those initiated during the civil rights era - when nine students braved mobs of white people to sit at "whites-only" lunch counters in Little Rock Arkansas in 1957 and when Congressman John Lewis founded his Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee that campaigned for school integration during this era.


As opposed to other Black political movements in the US that have focused on specific issues like education or economic justice, BLM stands apart with its broad coalition and activist network approach. Interlinked through social media channels, its local and international chapters focus on police violence and disparities in criminal justice; advocating instead for resources being diverted away from policing and toward community services like mental health treatment and community-based social support networks.

BLM revolutionized digital technology as an organizing tool, using Twitter to mobilize people around the world after Michael Brown was brutally killed by police in 2014. Twitter quickly became a platform where ordinary citizens could document police assaults and share news instantly worldwide via #BlackLivesMatter hashtag; its success helped shape newer movements like #MeToo, #NeverAgain, and #TimesUp that assert that macro-level structures of state violence and anti-Blackness cannot longer be ignored.

BLM stands out as an innovative movement with its openness to all who seek social justice, forgoing traditional leadership structures characterized by charismatic figures and top-down decision-making. Furthermore, this movement includes women activists as well as members of LGBTQIA+ communities in its efforts ensuring that Black people from varying backgrounds are adequately represented.

BLM has initiated many discussions about how we should reimagine the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in a time of hyper-policing and inequality. While some people view BLM as divisive or excessive, others understand its core demand that all Black lives matter as essential and necessary.

One of the greatest challenges confronting BLM activists is creating a sustainable organizational infrastructure to allow it to grow and flourish over time. However, in spite of such difficulties, the movement continues to thrive globally by cultivating new activists while shaping policymakers across many nations (including the US). Additionally, protests worldwide highlight the necessity of anti-racist policies at all levels of government and education.

Global Reach

BLM was among the first social movements to utilize modern technology effectively, using social media platforms such as Facebook to spread information and organize protests. Through these means, BLM raised awareness of police brutality both domestically and abroad and inspired similar demonstrations; its efforts may have contributed to an overall sense of dissatisfaction within many American communities.

BLM activists utilize various strategies to engage their target audiences and mobilize. This ranges from writing letters to politicians and opening dialogue with local leaders to holding rallies and demonstrations; often these events require financial assistance; some BLM activists have established online funding channels so their supporters may offer donations that are used towards rally costs, helping families of wrongly accused prisoners or supporting BLM-related activities as a source of relief.

As a movement, Black Lives Matter (BLM) welcomes anyone to join and take part in its work. Its decentralized structure enables activists to take actions in their local communities without waiting for someone else to direct them. BLM also strives to remain inclusive, including women and members of LGBTQIA+ communities as key contributors to its success by building trust between its members.

This movement has significantly altered American discourse about race. Many Americans now recognize that our system is biased against black people and are willing to address issues of racial injustice - an incredible shift since Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors launched the Black Census Project back in 2013 when many dismissed any notion that black lives matter as radical.

BLM's lasting influence is uncertain, but its effect has undoubtedly altered how America discusses racial justice. Furthermore, this movement has given birth to an entirely new generation of activists dedicated to fighting for civil rights and equal treatment of all individuals.


BLM stands apart from other movements by being broad and inclusive, offering low barriers of entry so a large cross section of Black people and allies can join its cause, even when they cannot physically attend local protests. Leaders actively promote inclusivity for women and LGBTQIA+ individuals while keeping its overall message the same.

Modern technology has also played an essential part in BLM's expansion. Long gone are the days of mimeograph machines being used to spread Parks's story; nowadays with cell phones and social media, anyone with access can document police abuse worldwide in minutes and spread outrage globally - contributing significantly to an upsurge in BLM protests that has overwhelmed police forces nationwide and caused significant disruption across cities nationwide.

BLM emerged to mobilize public outrage against high-profile acts of police violence such as Eric Garner's death by suffocation and George Floyd's killing, organizing rallies and demonstrations to demonstrate outrage among its constituents and influence legislative initiatives from both parties to reform national policing practices; it has also inspired protests across the globe.

BLM activists have developed a distinctive form of pragmaticism which seeks to foster solidarity with those most negatively impacted by state violence. By accepting that white people too are killed by police officers and poor whites are suffering under systems which favor black people over others, it is hoped that BLM can gain wider support and become even more effective.

Though media attention on BLM may have diminished compared to what it was during 2020, that does not indicate its decline. BLM remains highly active within local communities, working hard to bring about positive change while challenging power structures with truth and activism. Furthermore, activists are using their platform to launch projects like Alicia Garza's Black Census Project and Patrisse Cullors' Dignity and Power Now initiative which help support imprisoned people - offering hope in an otherwise dark time. These are signs of hope.

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