The Many Faces of Black Lives Matter

Since its birth in the wake of George Zimmerman’s 2013 murder of Trayvon Martin, the BLM movement has become both giant and dispersed. As Jenna Wortham writes in the New York Times, while critics have called it “disorganized,” this multifaceted approach has been part of its strength, a structure designed “to avoid the mistakes of previous movements, which overemphasized charismatic Black male leaders — and also projected targets onto them, allowing their arrests (or worse, assassinations) to sabotage the work of thousands.”