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Video: An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter

Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement’s three founders share what they’ve learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities. Their advice on how to participate in ensuring freedom for everybody: join something, start something and “sharpen each other, so that we all can rise.”


Alicia Garza · Writer, activist. Alicia Garza launched a global movement with a single Facebook post that ended with the words: “Black lives matter.”

Patrisse Cullors · Artist, organizer. Activist Patrisse Cullors created the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter as a tonic against years of injustice by police forces and prisons. 

Opal Tometi · Human rights activist. By taking the phrase “Black Lives Matter” onto social media, Opal Tometi helped turn a hashtag into a networked movement. 

Mia Birdsong · Family activist. Mia Birdsong advocates for strong communities and the self-determination of everyday people.

To learn more about the issues raised in this discussion, please click here for a reading list.

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