#BlackHERstory: Alicia Garza and #BlackLivesMatter

By Taylor Kuether
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In support of  #BlackHERstory Month, we’ll be posting about one current black feminist leader or organization each weekday in February. Tune in daily to learn more about black women’s history, feminism, and the reproductive justice movement! 

Alicia Garza is the Special Projects Director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-creator of the movement and hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter.

Via Black Lives Matter.
Via Black Lives Matter.

Along with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, Garza started the call to action when 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and the killer was not held accountable for Martin’s death. Black Lives Matter gained international media attention when the hashtag transformed into a movement following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri this past year. Garza describes Black Lives Matter as “an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.”

By Taylor Kuether

Taylor is a journalist, feminist, cat enthusiast, and proud Wisconsin native. She works for Feminist Majority Foundation as the Campus Communications Associate. Her two favorite things besides her cat, Emma, are coffee and art museums.

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