In 2013 #BlackLivesMatter first appeared on Twitter as a rallying cry to “recognize the humanity of all black life.” Organized by three women of color—Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi—in the aftermath of the murder of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, the hashtag elevated activism against racism in the criminal justice system across the country.... Read More

Meet the Activists

  • Opal Tometi
    Opal Tometi
  • Dante Barry
    Dante Barry
  • Karl Kumodzi
    Karl Kumodzi

Key Events

Global Events
Local Events

1999 Black immigrant New Yorker Amadou Diallo dies after police shoot at him 41 times, sparking outcry

2008 Barack Obama is elected President of the United States

2011 Occupy Wall Street arises in lower Manhattan

2012 Trayvon Martin is killed in Florida; “Fight for $15” protests originate in New York

2013 The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter emerges

2013 New York State Supreme Court declares “stop-and-frisk” policing by NYPD unconstitutional

2014 Eric Garner and Akai Gurley killed in Staten Island and Brooklyn, respectively; Millions March in Manhattan

2015 Kalief Browder commits suicide after a three-year stay at the Rikers Island jail without a trial, prompting increased protests to close Rikers

2018 Mayor Bill de Blasio announces the first building closure in the plan to close Riker’s Island

Key Events

1999 Black immigrant New Yorker Amadou Diallo dies after police shoot at him 41 times, sparking outcry
2008
Barack Obama is elected President of the United States
2011 Occupy Wall Street arises in lower Manhattan
2012
Trayvon Martin is killed in Florida; “Fight for $15” protests originate in New York
2013
The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter emerges
2013 New York State Supreme Court declares “stop-and-frisk” policing by NYPD unconstitutional
2014 Eric Garner and Akai Gurley killed in Staten Island and Brooklyn, respectively; Millions March in Manhattan
2015 Kalief Browder commits suicide after a three-year stay at the Rikers Island jail without a trial, prompting increased protests to close Rikers
2018 Mayor Bill de Blasio announces the first building closure in the plan to close Riker’s Island