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What is the BLACK LIVES MATTER Movement?

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Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people. BLM regularly holds protests against police killings of black people and broader issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.

In 2013, the movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin. Black Lives Matter became nationally recognized for its street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown, resulting in protests and unrest in Ferguson, and Eric Garner in New York City.[1][2] Since the Ferguson protests, participants in the movement have demonstrated against the deaths of numerous other African Americans by police actions or while in police custody. In the summer of 2015, Black Lives Matter activists became involved in the 2016 United States presidential election.[3] The originators of the hashtag and call to action, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, expanded their project into a national network of over 30 local chapters between 2014 and 2016.[4] The overall Black Lives Matter movement, however, is a decentralized network and has no formal hierarchy.[5]

Black Lives Matter has also been criticized. Some black civil rights leaders have criticized the tactics of BLM. Some critics accuse Black Lives Matter of being anti-police, and question the statistics provided by BLM activists regarding the rate at which black people are killed by police. Other criticisms include: BLM's lack of focus on intra-racial violence, allegations of racism and sexism, and criticism of the policy statements laid out by the Movement for Black Lives.

There have been many reactions to the Black Lives Matter movement. The U.S. population's perception of Black Lives Matter varies considerably by race.[6] The phrase "All Lives Matter" sprang up as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement. However, "All Lives Matter" has been criticized for dismissing or misunderstanding the message of "Black Lives Matter".[7][8] Following the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, the hashtag Blue Lives Matter was created by supporters of the police.[9]



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I Am Not Your Negro
Publication Date: 2017
Master documentary filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material. A journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.

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When Justice Isn't Just
Call Number: DVD 363.23 WHEN
Publication Date: 2016
Directed by Oscar-nominated and NAACP Image Award winner David Massey, this dynamic documentary features legal experts, local activists, and law enforcement officers delving into ongoing charges of inequality, unfair practices, and politicized manipulations of America's judicial system. Additionally, the Black Lives Matter movement and citizens nationwide question the staggering number of police shootings of unarmed Black men and women.

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The Talk: Race in America
Call Number: DVD 323.1196 I
Publication Date: 2017
A two-hour film about "the talk' that parents have with their children of color (primarily boys) to teach them how to act around the police in order to remain safe.

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Black Lives Matter - Sue Bradford Edwards
Call Number: YA 305.896 EDWAR SUE
ISBN: 9781624038983
Publication Date: 2016-01-01
Contents: Michael Brown and Ferguson -- Black Lives in America -- Oscar Grant -- Unequal Justice -- Trayvon Martin -- Police Protection -- Renisha McBride -- Calling for Change.

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The Crunk Feminist Collection - Brittney C. Cooper (Editor); Robin M. Boylorn (Editor); Susana M. Morris (Editor)
ISBN: 9781558619432
Publication Date: 2017-01-10
"For the Crunk Feminist Collective, their academic day jobs were lacking in conversations they actually wanted-relevant, real conversations about how race and gender politics intersect with pop culture and current events. To address this void, they started a blog. Now with an annual readership of nearly one million, their posts foster dialogue about activist methods, intersectionality, and sisterhood. And the writers' personal identities-as black women; as sisters, daughters, and lovers; and as television watchers, sports fans, and music lovers-are never far from the discussion at hand.

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When Justice Isn't Just (DVD)
Directed by Oscar-nominated and NAACP Image Award winner David Massey, this dynamic documentary features legal experts, local activists, and law enforcement officers delving into ongoing charges of inequality, unfair practices, and politicized manipulations of America's judicial system. Additionally, the Black Lives Matter movement and citizens nationwide question the staggering number of police shootings of unarmed Black men and women.

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Locking up Our Own - James Forman
Call Number: 364.973 FO
ISBN: 9780374189976
Publication Date: 2017-04-18
An original and consequential argument about race, crime, and the law Today, Americans are debating our criminal justice system with new urgency. Mass incarceration and aggressive police tactics -- and their impact on people of color -- are feeding outrage and a consensus that something must be done. But what if we only know half the story? In Locking Up Our Own, the Yale legal scholar and former public defender James Forman Jr. weighs the tragic role that some African Americans themselves played in escalating the war on crime. As Forman shows, the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office around the country amid a surge in crime. Many came to believe that tough measures -- such as stringent drug and gun laws and "pretext traffic stops" in poor African American neighborhoods -- were needed to secure a stable future for black communities. Some politicians and activists saw criminals as a "cancer" that had to be cut away from the rest of black America. Others supported harsh measures more reluctantly, believing they had no other choice in the face of a public safety emergency. Drawing on his experience as a public defender and focusing on Washington, D.C., Forman writes with compassion for individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas -- from the young men and women he defended to officials struggling to cope with an impossible situation. The result is an original view of our justice system as well as a moving

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They Can't Kill Us All - Wesley Lowery
Call Number: 305.896 LOWER WES
ISBN: 9780316312479
Publication Date: 2016-11-15
The story -- Ferguson : a city holds its breath -- Cleveland : coming home -- North Charleston : caught on camera -- Baltimore : life pre-indictment -- Charleston : Black death is Black death -- Ferguson, again : a year later, the protests continue -- Three days in July.

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Race in America - Susan Henneberg (Editor)
Call Number: YA 305.8009 RA
ISBN: 9781534500228
Publication Date: 2017-01-01
Are we living in a post-racial society? We can achieve a more perfect union / Barack Obama -- There is a significant wealth gap between black and white households / Rakesh Kochhar and Richard Fry -- Black and white Americans differ widely in their views on race relations / Renee Stepler -- White moderates have stopped fighting for racial justice / Christopher Sebastian Parker and Megan Ming Francis -- With urban gentrification racial inequality remains / Jackelyn Hwang -- Is race overemphasized? Race is a social, not scientific construct / Darren Curnoe -- The media is biased against people of color / Maisha Z. Johnson -- Native Americans are stereotyped in the media / Farah Qureshi -- We are not a color-blind society / Meghan L. Mills -- Black Lives Matter is a response to racial violence / Boundless -- Is justice color-blind?. Inequality in justice begins early / Esther Canty-Barnes -- Black drug offenders are more likely to go to jail / Saki Knafo -- Mass incarcerations are damaging neighborhoods / Robert D. Crutchfield and Gregory A. Weeks -- Racial profiling is only useful in victimless crimes / Sheldon Richman -- Police culture supports institutional racism / Redditt Hudson -- Police are committed to protecting all lives / Tim Barfield -- Can the United States overcome its history of racism? Racial problems are American problems / Matt Bernhard -- Eliminating racism requires personal transformation / Scot Nakagawa -- Perceived equalities can mean a step backward / Jamelle Bouie -- Even talking about race brings about unease / Sarah Lapido Manyika -- Affirmative action is racial discrimination / Jennifer Gratz -- Despite oppression, black women are thriving / Lakisha Watson-Moore.

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We Gon' Be Alright - Jeff Chang
Call Number: 305.8009 CH
ISBN: 9780312429485
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
"In his most recent book, Who We Be, Jeff Chang looked at how art and culture effected massive social changes in American society. Since the book was published, the country has been gripped by waves of racial discord, most notably the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. In these highly relevant, powerful essays, Chang examines some of the most contentious issues in the current discussion of race and inequality. Built around a central essay looking at the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and the events in Ferguson, Missouri, surrounding the death of Michael Brown, Chang questions the value of "the diversity discussion" in an era of increasing racial and economic segregation. He unpacks the return of student protest across the country and reveals how the debate over inclusion and free speech was presaged by similar protests in the 1980s and 1990s. The author of Can't Stop Won't Stop looks at how culture impacts our understanding of the politics of this polarized moment. Throughout these essays Chang includes the voices of many of the leading activists as he charts how popular voices on the ground and in social media have catalyzed the push for protest and change."

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The War on Cops - Heather Mac Donald
Call Number: 363.20973 MACDO HEA
ISBN: 9781594038754
Publication Date: 2016-06-21
It has been call the "Ferguson effect": Since the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, officers have been backing off of proactive policing, and criminals are becoming emboldened. Mac Donald deconstructs the central narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement: that racist cops are the greatest threat to young black males. She argues that it is criminals and gangbangers who are responsible for the high black homicide death rate and that no government agency is more dedicated to the proposition that "black lives matter" than today's data-driven, accountable police department.


  • Black Lives Matter Movement Awared 2017 Peace Prize
    The human rights movement Black Lives Matter has won this year’s Sydney peace prize.

    The movement – which will be honoured in Sydney in November – was founded in the US by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi after the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman, who had been accused of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin.

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