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  • Age
    39
  • Title
    Cofounder
  • Company
    Black Lives Matter

Alicia Garza, the Oakland-based writer and organizer who serves as special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and as principal at Black Futures Lab, cofounded Black Lives Matter in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman. What began as a hashtag quickly grew into a national network to fight against anti-Black racism across the country. As the movement grew and the killings of Black Americans continued, Black Lives Matter became an increasingly important voice and organizational hub. The current wave of protests across the United States, which began after the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer, has led to another surge in the movement’s power. The foundation has been flooded with millions of dollars and another increase in national attention. The organization will use the money to engage underrepresented communities in the upcoming electoral process, provide resources and grants for people looking to explore Black liberation strategies, and support Black families in need of legal aid. Garza, who believes that violence against Black Americans must also be viewed through a lens of sexual orientation and gender identity.