The founders of #BlackLivesMatter, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi are being honored by Glamour Magazine for their work over the last couple of years with the Black Lives Matter movement.
July 13, 2013, when George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida, was found not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The night of the acquittal, all three women were devastated. But as they mourned, they turned their sorrow and outrage into action, creating a powerful civil rights movement that, in just three years, has transformed the way Americans think and talk about race.
“I cannot think of a better time in our nation’s history for the brave names of Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi to be recognized. The courage heard in their voices mirrors some of history’s greatest giants, with sharp echoes of Rosa Parks. Black Lives Matter is working to heal our country’s age-long sickness. For when one is sick, so too are we all sick. Only when all is healed might we all one day be well.” —Uzo Aduba, actress