About Black Lives Matter - Black Lives Matter

About Black Lives Matter

Our Vision

Black Lives Matter imagines a world where Black people across the diaspora thrive, experience joy, and are not defined by their struggles. In pursuing liberation, we envision a future fully divested from police, prisons, and all punishment paradigms and which invests in justice, joy, and culture.

Our Mission

Black Lives Matter is working inside and outside of the system to heal the past, reimagine the present, and invest in the future of Black lives through policy change, investment in our communities, and a commitment to arts and culture.

Our Pillars

Policy

We are intervening on new and existing policies to reimagine a world without punitive measures and create a world where Black people have all that we need: food, education, housing, health care, clean water, breathable air, and everything else foundational to personal and communal safety.

Arts

We are concentrating on the nexus of art and activism in pursuit of Black liberation and the preservation and protection of Black creativity.

Healing Justice

We are building healing spaces and nurturing ecosystems that support Black communities impacted by oppressive structures and injustice.

Frontline Organizing

We are partnering with leaders and organizations working on-the-ground in our communities who center abolitionist principals and build radical organizing models rooted in Black power, self-determination, and the support of system-impacted families.

Research & Education

We are investing in forward-thinking research developing abolitionist frameworks and curriculum around Black history, identity, and Black futures.

Culture

We are uplifting Black culture that propels us to dream big and create the communities we want and need to flourish, grow, and thrive.

Our History

Our HIStory

In 2013, three radical Black organizers—Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi—created a Black-centered political-movement-building project called #BlackLivesMatter in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman.

Our Core Beliefs

These core beliefs are deeply ingrained principles that guide all of our foundation’s decisions and actions. Our commitment to these values upholds and distinguishes our service to our communities. We believe these values are an extension of the life experiences and needs of Black people globally. With that understanding, we hold to our core beliefs with both resolve and openness.