Glamour included the founders of Black Lives Matter to the honorees at this year’s Women of the Year Awards.
The founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, took to social media to lament the injustice in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, after George Zimmerman was found not guilty 3 years ago. Garza wrote: “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter,” her post was shared by Cullors with the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and Tometi saw the hashtag and thought about building a digital platform to create awareness. As the popular saying goes, the rest is history: these women have since gone on to create a nationwide movement. Now they have been awarded by Glamour as Women of the Year. More details have been collected from these sources:
Black Lives Matter founders Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, are among the women honored by Glamour Magazine in its annual Women of the Year issue.
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They join other honorees, including Simon Biles, Zendaya and model Ashley Graham at the Nov. 14 ceremony in Los Angeles.
Glamour has all the details about the ceremony, including who’s hosting this year’s festivities:
Now in its 27th year, Women of the Year is evolving. For the first time, we’ll celebrate on November 14 in Los Angeles, not in New York City, and include a daytime summit at which hundreds of women can learn from each other and cheer each other on. At the Women of the Year Awards that evening, “Glamour” will honor inspiring women from across the worlds of fashion, politics, entertainment, sports, and activism. Tracee Ellis Ross will host a ceremony that recognizes Gwen Stefani, Simone Biles, the three women—Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi—who founded the #BlackLivesMatter movement and more. See more
Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi started the social movement in 2013 after George Zimmerman was found not guilty for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. What began as a viral Facebook post with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter turned into a national movement with 42 different chapters in different cities. The organization has since led protests and dominated discussion about race relations and police brutality in America, and garnered national attention after the August 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri at the hands of a police officer.
The three women who founded Black Lives Matter were just honored by Glamour https://t.co/ZevuktLDT7
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“We wanted to connect people who were already buzzing about all this stuff and get them to do something, not just retweet or like or share. We thought, how do we get folks together and take that energy and create something awesome?” Garza said about starting the group. “We were courageous enough to call it what it was. But more than that, to offer an alternative. An aspirational message: Black lives matter,” Tometi added. See more
The Black Lives Matter movement has become a force to be reckoned with. And although they may not always get the credit they deserve, Cullors, Garza and Tometi didn’t just come up with a hashtag. They came up with a movement and coupled with their years of work in activism, it’s a movement that has spread across the world.
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The three women said that while Black Lives Matter has faced incredible obstacles in its three years of existence, their bond keeps them going. “We have built a sisterhood, a community: friends and people who’d look out for you, who have your back, who inspire you but also challenge you. And you can rise together,” said Tometi.
Garza, Cullors, and Tometi are earning their place in history—notable, since too many black women have been little more than a footnote in civil rights textbooks. “They’ve brought the necessary ‘street heat’ to drive change and hold elected officials accountable,” says Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D–Calif.). “This movement, largely driven by young people, is really the civil and human rights struggle of our time.” See more
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The importance of what these beautiful Black women have done and are doing cannot be underestimated. They are doing great things and bringing the nation’s attention to issues that have been ignored for so long in or society. Black Lives Matter is an immense movement that is striving to battle social injustice and inequality in America. We appreciate what Garza, Cullors and Tometi are doing; they deserve every credit and more.