Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, will be honored among this year’s Glamour Women of the Year.
“We gave tongue to something that we all knew was happening,” Tometi told Glamour. “We were courageous enough to call it what it was. But more than that, to offer an alternative. An aspirational message: Black lives matter.”
The movement began shortly after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the killing of Trayvon Martin, and Garza took to Facebook to write, “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter.”
Cullors then added a comment with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, and Tometi reached out to both of them about keeping the conversation going on a digital platform. And from there, a movement was born.