Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi:
An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter

TEDWomen 2016 · 16:05 · Filmed Oct 2016
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Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement's three founders share what they've learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities. Their advice on how to participate in ensuring freedom for everybody: join something, start something and "sharpen each other, so that we all can rise."

Writer, activist
Alicia Garza launched a global movement with a single Facebook post that ended with the words: “Black lives matter.” Full bio
Artist, organizer
Activist Patrisse Cullors created the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter as a tonic against years of injustice by police forces and prisons. Full bio
Human rights activist
By taking the phrase "Black Lives Matter" onto social media, Opal Tometi helped turn a hashtag into a networked movement. Full bio
Family activist
Mia Birdsong advocates for strong communities and the self-determination of everyday people. Full bio
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