In 2015, Opal Ayo Tometi, one of the three Black women who co-founded Black Lives Matter (BLM), along with this author, co-authored an article on the Time magazine website titled, “Black Lives Matter is Not a Civil Rights Movement.” In that piece, we argued that the Black Lives Matter Movement has been described as the “New Civil Rights Movement” by the media and political pundits. However, characterizing BLM as such is far too narrow and limiting. Like the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements before it, as well as the Abolitionist Movement, it is fundamentally a movement for basic human rights as enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.1 The founders of BLM have described it as such, much like how the leaders of the Civil Rights and the Black Power movements did. BLM is the historical successor of those movements.
Black Lives Matter is a Human Rights Issue
15 Sep 2023