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Library Guide on Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement: Home

This guide is intended to provide information resources related to the BLM movement, its founding and the continued impact the movement is actively having on communities around the topics of community policing, peaceful protests and civil rights.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) Library Guide

Books from the Library Catalog

Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Movement in U.S. History

Facts on the BLM Movement

  • Community organizers Alicia GarzaPatrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi used the social media hashtag #BlackLivesMatter after the 2012 acquittal of George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin, a 17- year-old Florida teen, and set off a movement to address the ongoing violence and killings of Black men, women and children at the hands of police (law enforcement) and vigilantes.
  • The BLM movement also helped inspire another related but equally important movement, the #SayHerName campaign. This campaign was started in 2014 by the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS). The #SayHerName campaign brings awareness to the state of violence that is visited upon Black women and girls.
  • BLM in Sports: The NBA plastered ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the game court in Walt Disney World in Orlando, where the professional basketball league is finishing its coronavirus-shortened season. The NBA also approved 29 statements, such as ‘Say Their Names’ and ‘I Can’t Breathe,’ for players to wear on their jerseys in Orlando for the official games in July 2020.
  • BLM in Arts & Entertainment: “Black Parade” by Beyoncé, which was released in honor of Juneteenth, encourages listeners to protest for equality and celebrates her heritage and identity. The uplifting song has since played a significant role in growing Black-owned businesses as proceeds from the song are going to Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD Small Business Impact Fund.
  • BLM in Corporate America: Posting a black box on social media to show solidarity becomes performative when there’s no action behind it. It leaves the impression to many that a company believes it’s done its part in supporting Black people. Apple Music's global editorial head of hip-hop and R&B, Ebro Darden agrees, telling Complex that true change comes from corporations asking themselves those uncomfortable questions. “Look at your corporation in the mirror and say, ‘Have we actually done things that can change the Black community, like providing jobs? In what ways can our corporation participate in that economic change that needs to take place in American society?” Darden says.
  • BLM in Education: Increased spending on police, surveillance and zero-tolerance policies has made American schools look and feel more like prisons.[3] Research has found that making schools more prisonlike is not about safety; it is a choice. “Schools serving primarily students of color are more likely to rely on more intense surveillance measures than other schools,” Jason P. Nance of the University of Florida reported in an article in the Emory Law Journal.



Notable Quotes

Ida B. Wells

James Baldwin

Desmond Tutu

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Small Towns Unite in Protest for Change

Wearing Scrubs to Mitigate Deadly Prejudice