Baltimore has one Black Lives Matter activist in the mayoral election. Next week, Goucher College will host one of the originators of the movement.
Alicia Garza is set to speak at Goucher’s Kraashaur Auditorium on March 30 at 7 p.m.
Black Lives Matter traces back to the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012. Amid coverage of Martin’s death at the hands of George Zimmerman, Garza posted a note on Facebook calling for unity among African Americans to ensure that black lives matter. Fellow organizer Patrisse Cullors read the post, and created a hashtag of the three-word phrase that gained even more prominence with the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, among others, and the social media-based organizing that followed.
Garza has continued to be involved in protests in the Bay Area, and currently works for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. This article in Yes Magazine has the full origin story of the movement.
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