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#BlackLivesMatter

Gloria Doherty, PhDc, RN, ACNP-BC, Adult Health Nurse Specialist

The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) began in 2013 after an African-American boy, Trayvon Martin, was killed by a member of a neighborhood watch who was acquitted of all charges. However, the movement did not expand until the 2014 killing of Michael Brown by a white police officer quickly followed by the death of Eric Gardner while in custody. Three African-American women founded an organization with the same name. Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tolemi created and built an infrastructure in collaboration with other organizers, activists and artists.

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