Black Lives Timeline

  • 2013,
    George Zimmerman acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin
  • Alicia Garza, on Facebook, : “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter.”
  • Two days later activists used #j4tmla (justice for trayvon martin l.a.)and #blacklivesmatter in tiny letters. 


  • Brittany Packnett, protests Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., appointed to President Obama’s police-reform task force.
  • A single understanding of the movement not used because  it would ultimately exclude so many people.


  • University of Missouri, a hunger strike and boycott by the football team that drives the president out of office.
  • National conferences to connect and swap strategies.
  • Encryption of communication with smartphone apps
  • Black Lives Matter network, consolidated by Garza, Cullors and Opal Tometi, now counts nearly 30 official chapters,
  • Tactics include physical occupation of public space decentralized by design, maximizing impact
  • Black Lives Matter influential LGBT activists work to make equality one of the movement’s hallmarks.


  • Emphasis on gender, identity and social inequality the violent arrest of Martese Johnson, at University of Virginia August, Rallies across the country to spotlight the murders of black transgender women.
  • Terms like the prefix cis—as in cisgender, and intersectional and micro aggression.


  • In  Bay Area, Black Lives Matter part of the Fight for 15, a campaign to hike the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
  • New York activists launched a Black Lives Matter super PAC.


  • Clinton’s overtures to Black Lives Matter interrupted by Atlanta activists
  • The Democratic National Committee, passes a resolution declaring its support for the movement


  • Shut down Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
  • Death of teenager Laquan McDonald. Chicago activists run campaigns against school closures, and reparations for police torture.
  • University of Missouri Members of the football team announced that they would boycott team activities.
  • BLM sweeps out president and the chancellor of its flagship campus.
  • Demonstrators began in Minneapolis police protest the shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark.
  • Republican presidential candidates said the movement spurs racial division, if not sheer lawlessness.


  • Opening the raw wounds of race has not made the protesters popular.
  • Despite its tactics (or perhaps because of it), BLM is winning ever more access to candidates as the race ramps up for next year.
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