BLACK LIVES MATTER: The Hashtag Behind the New Civil Rights Movement

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Location: 101 DeBartolo

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Come hear Black Lives Matter movement co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi speak about race relations in America and how their activism from the fringes became the national movement it is today, galvanizing individuals to stand up and together against state violence, police brutality and social injustice plaguing our country.

Since Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi started the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter in 2013 in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, their impassioned message has seamlessly shifted from the internet into the streets and the mainstream, while maintaining its online clout and widespread allure. Emblazoned across t-shirts, protest banners and news headlines, #BlackLivesMatter has turned attention to the troubling disconnect between law enforcement and the black community, driving nationwide protests on a scale not seen in a half-century.

Both speakers work to promote healing, restorative justice, residual care and longing for dignity, Patrice Cullors via the penal systems and Opal Tometi via immigration issues.

This event is sponsored by Multicultural Students Programs and Services, Gender Relations Center, Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, Notre Dame Student Government, Department of Africana Studies, and Division of Student Affairs.