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Three years ago today, the #BlackLivesMatter movement was born. It was born after Trayvon Martin. It grew after Michael Brown and Eric Garner. It sprung from decades of injustice and disregard.
BY Victoria A. Fogg | PUBLICATION The Washington Post
And as it grew, it planted seeds in artists’ minds. And from these seeds grew images of anger, solace, fear, hope, empowerment. Some artists reap signs of peace and serenity, but many find the need to dig deep. For some, it is a call to harvest images of rage. And some crave the therapeutic reprieve that comes from meditating in the garden of pictures they conjure up in their minds.
With all that in mind, we gathered some of the best artwork inspired by #BlackLivesMatter, and asked the artists about their creative process.
Tes One reacted to Trayvon Martin’s death and the state’s initial inability to bring charges against his killer. “Calling out the injustice became far more important than any hesitation I was personally feeling,” he says. “The message is all that mattered. ‘Stand Our Ground’ marks the first time I felt so compelled to use my art to address a social issue like this publicly.”
AMERICAN ACTIVIST MOVEMENT – African American Interest
Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence toward black people. BLM regularly organizes protests around the deaths of black people in killings by law enforcement officers, and broader issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.
In 2013, the movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin. Black Lives Matter became nationally recognized for its street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown, resulting in protests and unrest in Ferguson, and Eric Garner in New York City. The originators of the hashtag and call to action, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, expanded their project into a national network of over 30 local chapters during 2014-16. The overall Black Lives Matter movement, however, is a decentralized network and has no formal hierarchy. Concurrently, a broader movement involving several other organizations and activists emerged under the banner of “Black Lives Matter” as well.
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