Black Lives Matter: From a Moment to a Movement, 1st Edition

  • Laurie Collier Hillstrom
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  • ISBN-10: 144086571X
  • ISBN-13: 9781440865718
  • DDC: 323.119607
  • 192 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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This much-needed reference places the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement within the broader context of the African American struggle for equality in America, from the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s to the violent protests against white supremacy in Charlottesville in 2017. Specific topics include the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012, which gave rise to the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter; the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, which launched the rise of the movement; and the fatal shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge in 2016, which sparked bitter backlash. It also covers the virulent alt-right backlash against BLM and the ways in which BLM leaders are responding to the challenge. Ten biographical snapshots cover key individuals involved with the movement, and eight primary source documents further illuminate issues discussed in the text. Includes timeline, annotated bibliography, and subject index.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Historical Roots of the Movement.
2: The Origin of #BlackLivesMatter.
3: From Social Media to the Streets of Ferguson.
4: The Movement Gains Force.
5: The Role of Social Media.
6: Criticism and Backlash.
7: Racial Injustice in America.
Biographical Sketches.
Michael Brown (1996-2014).
David A. Clarke (1956-).
Patrisse Cullors (1984-).
Johnetta Elzie (1989-).
Alicia Garza (1981-).
DeRay Mckesson (1985-).
Brittany Packnett (1985?-).
Frank Leon Roberts (1983-).
Samuel Sinyangwe (1990-).
Opal Tometi (1984-).
Primary Documents.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Reflects on Eric Garner’s Death.
Attorney General Eric Holder Releases “Searing” Ferguson Report.
Sheriff David A. Clarke Defends Law Enforcement.
Federal Investigators Find Police Bias in Baltimore.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch Responds to Dallas Police Shootings.
President Barack Obama Calls for Constructive Dialogue.
President Donald Trump Vows to Protect Police.
FBI Report Warns of “Black Identity Extremists”.
Annotated Bibliography.
About the Author.