In 2015, Dre Propst, Mary Hooks, Dawn O’Neal and Tiffany R. Smith organized the inaugural meeting of the Atlanta chapter on December 17, 2015 at the historic Big Bethel A.M.E. church on Auburn Avenue.Since the organization’s inception, Black Lives Matter Atlanta (#BLMATL) has fought for justice for the families of Atlantans murdered by police, including #AlexiaChristian, #AnthonyHill and #NicholasThomas.
On July 13, 2016, members of Black Lives Matter Atlanta (#BLMATL) organized civil disobedience with Southerners on New Ground (SONG), Rise Up, the Georgia Not1More Coalition, Racial Justice Action Center (RJAC) and Women on the Rise to amplify the call for long standing local demands in light of the police killings. On that hot Georgia Wednesday, heavy police and state surveillance attempted to halt and block the organizers. These Black leaders would not falter. The Mandate is a call and response to get in formation to bring the generational leadership we need to transform the leaders, institutions, and policies that cage, kill, and terrorize Black communities. The mandate for Black people in this time is: “to avenge the suffering of our ancestors, to earn the respect of future generations, and be willing to be transformed in the service of the work!”