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Introduction to the BLM Movement
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is a social movement that seeks to end racially
motivated violence and police brutality perpetrated against Black people (Taylor, 2016). The
movement was motivated by the killing of Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager by George
Zimmerman (Taylor, 2016). The BLM aims to use peaceful means of protest like civil
disobedience to oppose racially motivated violence perpetrated on Black people by ordinary
citizens and the police. The BLM started in the United States but has grown to become an
international movement. The Killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in May 2020, provoked a
series of protests and civil unrest that led to a significant destruction of property, deaths, injury,
and arrests. The protests and civil unrest were echoed in cities in different parts of the world. The
concept of “collective identity” plays a role in the rise of the BLM movement.
History of the BLM Movement
The BLM began in July 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the man
who shot and killed Trayvon Martin (Taylor, 2016). The movement was begun by three Black
women Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors (Ball, 2015). The movement began as a
hashtag on social media. The #BlackLivesMatter was created after the acquittal to raise
awareness about racially motivated violence perpetrated against Black people and for a social
movement to oppose the violence (Taylor, 2016).
Street demonstrations following the killing of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two
African Americans, placed the movement on the national map (Taylor, 2016). The civil unrest
and protests following the killings helped raise further awareness about the movement and its
agenda to more people in the US. The recent killing of George Floyd protests while being
arrested by police placed the movement on the global map as large scale arrests brought great

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1 Reflection on the BLM Movement Name Institution Affiliation Course Name Instructor Date 2 Introduction to the BLM Movement The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is a social movement that seeks to end racially motivated violence and police brutality perpetrated against Black people (Taylor, 2016). The movement was motivated by the killing of Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager by George Zimmerman (Taylor, 2016). The BLM aims to use peaceful means of protest like civil disobedience to oppose racially motivated violence perpetrated on Black people by ordinary citizens and the police. The BLM started in the United States but has grown to become an international movement. The Killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in May 2020, provoked a series of protests and civil unrest that led to a significant destruction of property, deaths, injury, and arrests. The protests and civil unrest were echoed in cities in different parts of the world. The concept of “collective identity” plays a role in the rise of the BLM movement. History of the BLM Movement The BLM began in July 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin (Taylor, 2016). The movement was begun by three Black women Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors (Ball, 2015). The movement began as a hashtag on social media. The #BlackLivesMatter was created after the acquittal to raise awareness about racially motivated violence perpetrated against Black people and for a soc ...
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