Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter is an organized movement favouring non-violent civil disobedience in protest against alleged incidents of police brutality against Afro-American people. The BLM movement claims inspiration from historical civil rights movements such as the Black Power movement, Black Feminist movement and the Anti-Apartheid movement.
In 2013, the movement began with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting and death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin in February 2012. The movement became nationally recognized for street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans which saw protests in Ferguson and New York City.
In 2016 thousands of people gathered in Moss Side, Manchester to stand in Solidarity for those murdered by the hands of the police in the U.S.A and historically in the U.K. There had been increased coverage in the media regarding race, class and gender issues, and in return, demonstrations were seen throughout the U.K and around the world. One of the speakers was quoted, saying, "The rich are getting richer, the poorer are getting poorer, and we are getting more organized."
Most recently, an African-American man who died while in police custody sparked the Black Lives Matter movement out of a COVID-19 global lockdown. George Floyd, died while been detained on the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This sparked outrage in America, and soon globally, protests were seen in most major cities including Manchester, which saw around ten thousand people gather peacefully to stand in Solidarity over George Floyd's death.
The following series captures the growing movement as it challenges the authority's, corporations and mainstream media it sees as historically ignoring the fight for Freedom, Liberation and Justice for all black lives around the world.