The 2020 uprisings have brought #BlackLivesMatter back to the center of national conversation. Organized by queer Black women Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, the hashtag first appeared on Twitter in 2013 as a rallying cry to “recognize the humanity of all Black life.” ... Read More

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2012 Trayvon Martin is killed in Florida by George Zimmerman

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

2016 Fifty groups release “A Vision for Black Lives”; BYP100 sit-in at NYPD’s union, the Police Benevolent Association

2017 New York M4BL activists protest the Trump administration’s “Muslim Ban”; help lead the Women’s March; and successfully protest to remove the Fifth Avenue statue of Dr. Marion J. Sims, who experimented on bodies of enslaved Black women

2019 New York City Council votes to close Rikers, but provokes controversy by approving rezoning for building four new smaller jails

2020 Black New Yorkers suffer higher infection and fatality rates from COVID-19; George Floyd killed in Minneapolis; Unprecedented ongoing protests throughout New York City

Key Events

2012
Trayvon Martin is killed in Florida by George Zimmerman
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
2016 Fifty groups release “A Vision for Black Lives”; BYP100 sit-in at NYPD’s union, the Police Benevolent Association
2017 New York M4BL activists protest the Trump administration’s “Muslim Ban”; help lead the Women’s March; and successfully protest to remove the Fifth Avenue statue of Dr. Marion J. Sims, who experimented on bodies of enslaved Black women
2019 New York City Council votes to close Rikers, but provokes controversy by approving rezoning for building four new smaller jails
2020 Black New Yorkers suffer higher infection and fatality rates from COVID-19; George Floyd killed in Minneapolis; Unprecedented ongoing protests throughout New York City