Black Lives Matter: The Movement and Organization

Sarah Jane Hanchey, Newspaper Writer

The #Black Lives Matter organization has gained new media and individual attention this summer. The death of George Floyd has sparked a new interest and outrage for Black lives and created a more vocal response to the fight for justice and racial equality. 

The biggest concern Americans have is the lack of equity for all races. “I fully support Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter, but I believe that the BLM movement is more important at this time,” says Audrey Murphy, 7.

According to the #BlackLivesMatter organization website, it “was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.”

“I believe that I don’t like to get involved with much politics, but I think that people just need to get along in this world and not fight each other to death,” says Ms. Nalls, Theater director.

As the #BlackLivesMatter organization works with local, state, and federal government officials to create an equal environment for everyone and help black lives, support, and awareness for the organization continues to grow.