• Day 13

    Day 13 – Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter Movements

    We begin our challenge today by looking at two major movements in the American Black Experience, and call to action for change. The Civil Rights Movement (CRM), and Black Live Matter (BLM) Movement share similar and different goals, and challenges from the 50s, 60s, 2013 and still today.

    The Civil Rights Movement was a struggle for social justice that took place mainly during the 1950s and 1960s for Black Americans to gain equal rights under the law in the United States. Although, the Civil War had abolished slavery, this did not stop the discriminatory practices taking place primarily in southern states.

    To learn more about the Civil Rights Movement, click here.

    According to BLM website, #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

    In their Happy 6th Anniversary, #BlackLiveMatter, the co-founders share the story and purpose of BLM. To learn more about BLM, click here to read the story. Click here to view the video, and click here to read about her story.

    After you engage in the challenge about the CRM and BLM, share what you learned with us @LWScienceHealth on Instagram.