Black Lives Matter, began as a hashtag (#BlackLivesMatter) in July 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin (an unarmed black teenager killed in Florida).
Black people in America have always fought for equality and advancement, but it became clear that another social justice movement was necessary. Just one year after the murder of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner (Staten Island, NY) and Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO) were murdered by officers, and none of the officers involved were indicted. A verdict that most black people are used to, but with the help of social media the rest of the world got to see first hand how the justice system was not designed to bring justice to black folks.
And now six years later the devil has come knocking on my own doorstep...
"On June 16th, 2020, my little brother Jamal Williams was shot in the head by a hospital security guard (retired police officer). Due to the tragic killings of black men across the country, he became depressed and suffered a nervous breakdown. In an effort to help him cope, my family took him to Munster Hospital where we believed medical professionals would give him the help he needed. Instead, my brother's life was taken by an overzealous security guard who started shooting everywhere killing my brother. To add insult to injury the news media and police officers wrongfully accused my brother of killing a security guard before retracting the statement after they smeared his name and discovered that the hospital's security guard in fact killed his own partner. My brother went to the hospital to get mental help. He left out in a body bag riddled with bullets. His life mattered."
Provided below are resources to petitions, places for donation, community restoration organizations, and educational resources to get in the know about what is and has been happening to black people in America.
The time for change is now and there are many ways to help the movement and make sure that justice is served for victims and families of police brutality and systemic racism.
We all deserve Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect and it is time that we ALL join the fight.
Call Political Representatives:
Phone Directory for House of Representatives (Find your Representatives Here)
U.S. Capitol Switchboard (to contact your Senator): +1(202)224-3121 (Find your Senator)
Georgia Hate Crime Bill (Ahmaud Arbery)
Places to Donate & Support:
Community Restoration Funds:
My Block My Hood My City (Chicago)
West Broadway Business & Area Coalition (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Mutual Aid Hub (
Reclaim The Block (Minneapolis)
All Day And A Night (2020)
DJango Unchained (2012)
The Help (2011)
For Colored Girls (2010)
Cadillac Records (2008)
Freedom Writers (2007)
The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)
American History X (1998)
A Time To Kill (1996)
Boyz n' The Hood (1991)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
School Daze (1988)
Native Son (1986)
The Color Purple (1985)
Cooley High (1975)
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Self Made (Limited Series)
When They See Us (Limited Series)
Chappelle Show (2003)
The Cosby Show (1984)
What's Happening!! (1976)
Who Killed Malcolm X? (2020)
13th by Ava DuVernay
Freedom Riders (2010)
500 Years Later (2005)
4 Little Girls (1997)
Muhammad Ali: The Greatest (1977)
Nine from Little Rock (1964)
The Negro Soldier (1944)
Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983)
This list is long for a reason and will be updated and added to for years to come. If we missed any important organizations, educational resources, or if you would like us to add another category please leave a comment below and we will gladly update it.