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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS): #BlackLivesMatter Movement

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"Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression."

Alicia Garza, “A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement,” in Are All the Women Still White? : Rethinking Race, Expanding Feminisms ed. Janell Hobson  (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2016), 23–28.


The Black Lives Matter (#BlackLivesMatter) movement building project was founded by three Black women: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi in 2013. This page contains resources to research the history, platforms, organizing tools, and political interventions coming out of this movement.

decorative  For further research, try the following:

  • Search the library catalog for additional books. Limit your search by subject with the LOC subject heading "Black lives matter movement."
  • Search for articles in databases through the Articles & Databases tab. Some databases will accept the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter while others may require each word spelled out separately. Use "black lives matter" in quotes to search the phrase.
  • Look through YouTube, Vimeo, podcast platforms, and social media platforms for interviews, speeches, and other commentary with activist leaders to use as primary sources.

Reference Books

Selection of Books


#SayHerName raises awareness for Black women who have been murdered or experienced police brutality and/or anti-Black violence in the United States started by the African American Policy Forum (AAPF).


Organizations produce research and contain other content that may be examined as primary sources:

Web Archives & Twitter Data

Additional Research Guides

The following research guides may also be helpful for researching #BlackLivesMatter:

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