“Why do you do you choose to work in digital media?” I remember realizing my artistic and creative abilities in 8th grade when I drew my first portrait of Billie holiday in colored pencil at Mctigue middle school. I’m sure if I found it now it was crap lol but I felt a pride in myself and sense of accomplishment I never felt before. As I grew up and learned how hard it would be to be lucrative as an artist I knew I had to find something more “practical”. Graphic design became a goal of mine as a career title. I picked up a camera for the first time my Junior year of high school that was film & took a liking to it bc we got to “kick it” in the dark room & I wasn’t half bad🤷🏽♀️ However it was my sophomore year of college in my first Ethnic studies course w instructor Thomas edge where I learned my talents have a purpose. I remember taking the course following the saddest closing of a case, what was to be a soon to be trend, of a police office being ACQUITTED for wrongfully killing #michaelbrown in #ferguson . I tuned into the role of media in the #CivilRightsMovement during my course as we read “Where do we go from here” by Dr.MLK where he discussed thought & purpose behind black power, black hurt & black rage. Although Dr. King understood how these things were well deserved & the feelings were rightfully so he understood media was a powerful tool that we must use in favor of us. This generation is experiencing our own movement for our civil rights & I want to be apart of getting our stories told, faces seen & inequalities no longer ignored.
“I think the importance of doing activist work is precisely because it allows you to give back and to consider yourself not as a single individual who may have achieved whatever but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement.” - Angela Davis
Why is it that he isn’t dead yet? Black people out here getting shot of skittles and a hoodie, or selling CD’s etc... but yet this white guy goes to a school, kills 17 people and is still seeing the light of day 🧐🤨. I don’t see the justice. Just like the person who shot up the church ⛪ in South Carolina. I don’t know what going on with this society during this generation but things need to change. There is not justice in this system ⚖️🏛 #wewantjustice#trayvonmartin#michaelbrown @fightss.1k #wshh#worldstar#getchaweightup#gcwu#fight
Today I'd like to celebrate the founders of the Black Lives Matter Movement: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.
Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement, originating in the African-Americancommunity, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people.
In 2013, the movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin the preceding February. How did three words launch a modern-day civil rights movement? Alicia Garza, an organizer with the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance, took to social media after the news broke to write a love letter to black people on her Facebook page—a simple plea to come together in recognition that “black lives matter.” Her friend Patrisse Cullors, head of an advocacy organization for incarcerated people, repeated the line on her own social media accounts, this time adding a hashtag. Soon enough, the pair, along with their tech-savvy friend Opal Tometi, director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, had lit up the Web with a plea to acknowledge—and fix—the disproportionate apprehension, imprisonment and killing of black Americans by the police.
Black Lives Matter became nationally recognized for its street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown, resulting in protests and unrest in Ferguson, and Eric Garner in New York City. Since the Ferguson protests, participants in the movement have demonstrated against the deaths of numerous other African Americans by police actions or while in police custody. The originators of the hashtag and call to action, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, expanded their project into a national network of over 30 local chapters between 2014 and 2016. The overall Black Lives Matter movement, however, is a decentralized network and has no formal hierarchy.