From 2016: A new kind of movement found its moment. What will its future be? On February 18th, as part of the official recognition of Black History Month, President Obama met with a group of African-American leaders at the White House to discuss civil-rights issues.
For Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza the global outpouring of protests and activism following the murder of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody has been heartening and makes her hopeful for the future. At the same time, she said, "It's bittersweet that it takes someone being murdered on camera to get to the point of conversation that we're in."
For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters. Alicia Garza, whose 2013 Facebook post in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, created a hashtag that later became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, is arguably now one of the most influential civil rights leaders of this century.
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Alicia Garza is an internationally recognized organizer, writer, and public speaker. In 2018, Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab: the Lab invites Black people to experiment with new ways to build independent, progressive Black political power. Alicia dreams of a future where all Black communities have what they need to live well.