#BlackLivesMatter: Official Mission Statement & Movement Explanation 

Taken Directly from www.BlackLivesMatter.com

About the Black Lives Matter Network

Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

This is Not a Moment, but a Movement.

#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.

Rise of the Dandelions

It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all.

Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

What Does #BlackLivesMatter Mean?

When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state. We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity.

  1. How Black poverty and genocide is state violence.
  2. How 2.8 million Black people are locked in cages in this country is state violence.
  3. How Black women bearing the burden of a relentless assault on our children and our families is state violence.
  4. How Black queer and trans folks bear a unique burden from a hetero-patriarchal society that disposes of us like garbage and simultaneously fetishizes us and profits off of us, and that is state violence.
  5. How 500,000 Black people in the US are undocumented immigrants and relegated to the shadows.
  6. How Black girls are used as negotiating chips during times of conflict and war.
  7. How Black folks living with disabilities and different abilities bear the burden of state sponsored Darwinian experiments that attempt to squeeze us into boxes of normality defined by white supremacy, and that is state violence.

#BlackLivesMatter is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. We affirm our contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. We have put our sweat equity and love for Black people into creating a political project–taking the hashtag off of social media and into the streets. The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.

This is the Official #BlackLivesMatter Organization founded by Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza.

#BlackLivesMatter is an online forum intended to build connections between Black people and our allies to fight anti-Black racism, to spark dialogue among Black people, and to facilitate the types of connections necessary to encourage social action and engagement.”


  1. Good Morning,

    I am seeking to bring some attention to the unjust murder of my son by a NOPD plainsclothes officer on January 24, 2017 in New Orleans Louisiana in the Carriage Park Apartments.

    In the beginning Chief Harission of the New Orleans Police Department had my son listed as a robbery suspect. I always knew my son was not an armed robber. He was 26 years of age living in his own apartment, he was a manager with Preminum Parking garge on Canal Street in New Orleans, and on his off day he just happend to be talking to someone and from an unnamed witness said that my son was running and pulled a weapon and thats when the cop shot him 3 times in the back. My entire family is devastated by this loss. I want Justice for my son. I believe that this so called gun was “planted”.

    After 2 vigils it took the police department 3 weeks to clear his name, even after the intended suspect confessed to the armed robberies. There are other withness that have been interviewed by my attorney and the investigator that discredits the unamed witness. Witnesses have come forward but because of the corruption in the past, may be in fear for their lives. I need to bring attention to this MURDER of my son Arties Lee Manning III. He had no criminal record and he was not a person of interest. Please contact me. If this goes unnnoticed they will continue to murder our Young Black Men for Nothing. My son did not deserve to gunned down like this. He was loved by everyone and he was very respectful and he had other aspirations and goal. He was my first born son. He was a big brother , a friend, an uncle and looked up to by many.

    Please help me bring this mainstream. The public and the worldwide media need to be informed about this. My attorney is Katie Schwartzmann with the MacArthur Justice Law Cente in New Orleans Center. My name is Natasha Netters Manning, mother

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    • I am so very sorry, ma’am.

      May I know his name so that I can search for articles about this (to share online and bring attention to this matter) and add him to my list of prayers.

      Thank you for sharing this with us ❤


      • Yes his name is Arties Lee Manning III. He was born 12/7/1990 and killed on 01/24/2017. Allegedly the one unnamed witness said he drew a weapon. Please research all the Articles and live news reports. I did not have a criminal for a son. He would not do such a thing. The NOPD always uses that excuse to cover there tracks. How can my son lay dead in a courtyard with a gun on one side of his body and a cellphone on the other side? This is a cover up. I know about the so called sandwich bags. I just want the Black Lives Matter to stand with us if they can. He was shot 3 times in the back while running. How was he a threat?


        • I am a supporter of Black Lives Matter but not personally involved with the Movement’s organizational managers.

          I am fully aware of media and police racial bias and victim blaming and can read almost always between their lines. No worries there ❤

          May I suggest you contact Black LivesMatter directly from their website? Im SURE they will help you with this in more ways than one probably.

          As for me: I will be looking this up and communicating the info online on various social media platforms.

          Good luck and please come back whenever you need a kind word or kind ears to listen. ❤


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