Black Lives Matter
The #BlackLivesMatter movement began in 2013 after a jury acquitted the armed civilian who murdered seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin. Though activists and organizers have resisted the long history of police and state-sanctioned violence against Black people in the United States since the first police force formed in the 1830s, the police killings in 2014 and 2015 of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, and Philando Castile galvanized #BlackLivesMatter into an international movement protesting police brutality and the larger social structures built on anti-Black racism.
Following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, the #BlackLivesMatter protests of 2020 have become the largest social movement in the history of the United States, as tens of millions of people demand an end to systemic racism, white supremacy, and anti-Black violence.
Free Library staff have compiled these lists of books, films, educational resources, organizations, blog posts, historical documents, and images to provide context and connections in support of #BlackLivesMatter.
Image courtesy of Bryan Collier from his book "I, Too, Am America" by Langston Hughes and Bryan Collier.