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Week 1 – #GlobalHerstory

Week 1 – #GlobalHerstory

Week 1 - #GlobalHerstory - Uplifting women's stories across the globe       Coumba Toure, Writer & Storyteller (learn more here)               Erica Malunguinho, Politician (learn more here)      ...

#TIME100 Women of the Year

  Deeply moved that @time included the 3 *women* (Patrisse, Alicia and I) who co-founded #BlackLivesMatter in the inaugural #TIME100 most influential women of the last century list. This overall list includes some of my favs like bell hooks , Wangari Maathai,...

Freedom Flame Award

Freedom Flame Award

My people, I couldn't be more thankful to all my elders and peers who chose to honor me this weekend with the Freedom of the Flame Award at #selma55 . ❤️ I don’t really have the words to express the depth of how I feel, but my heart’s desire is simply to be a good...

Trump’s latest travel ban is an attack on Africans

Our collective power is ultimately what’s at stake when borders are closed and access is denied. We must stand together with dignity, continuing to advocate for all. This large march toward justice is ultimately the greatest fear of the Trump administration.

Opal Tometi: Black Lives Matter

Opal Tometi: Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is about ensuring that all people of African descent are treated with the dignity and respect that we deserve. It’s about justice for all of us, and this includes those of us who live on the continent and throughout the diaspora. When we say these three words – Black lives matter – it means all of us no matter where we reside. All Black people can trace their roots back to somewhere on the African continent. And the goal is to repair and rectify the harm and trauma that has been done by colonialism and the legacy of it — which has led to the injustices we see today both in the Americas, but also in many African countries.

The 2016 Webby Awards: Social Movement of the Year

The 2016 Webby Awards: Social Movement of the Year

The Webby Awards are humbled to recognize Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi & Patrisse Cullors, the founders of the #BlackLivesMatter organization, with The Webby Social Movement of the Year Award for their roles in the Black Lives Matter movement.

The New Civil Rights Leaders

The New Civil Rights Leaders

Opal Tometi’s interest in immigration reform was born out of personal experience. Tometi grew up in Phoenix—”ground zero for the anti-immigration movement,” she says—and is the child of immigrants. Her parents moved to the U.S. from Nigeria in 1983, and Tometi, 30, was raised in a close-knit community of Nigerian immigrants.

Immigration Plight

Immigration Plight

Meet Opal Tometi, a first generation Nigerian American who is making her mark as the Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

The Root: Top 100 List

The Root: Top 100 List

Opal Tometi, like her cohorts, Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza, is invested in taking Black Lives Matter beyond police brutality, and her work addresses everything from mass criminalization to the adverse impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on communities of color.

THE DISRUPTORS

THE DISRUPTORS

A shift has occurred in the year since Michael Brown’s death sparked unrest in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014. National conversations have arisen around issues affecting the black community in America: police brutality, economic injustice, racial inequality.

A Q&A With Opal Tometi, Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter

A Q&A With Opal Tometi, Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter

While the media still primarily pay attention to institutionalized racism when a black heterosexual cisgender man is killed by police, organizers on the ground are looking to grow a movement that ensures liberation across sexual, gender, and class identity.