THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF 2020
Black Lives Matter Founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi
Kayla Reefer for TIME
BY SYBRINA FULTON
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 9:34 PM EDT
The moment that I was going through my own tragedy, the same things were happening with Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Jordan Davis, Dontre Hamilton and Oscar Grant. I’m in a circle with all of their families, and we continue to lift one another up. And it continues to happen—to George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and more.
But this year feels different. Since the video came out of the brutal killing of George Floyd
, people are actually witnessing what African Americans have been going through most of our lives. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it. Once you feel the pain in your chest, you can’t unfeel that pain. I’m glad to see there are more young people getting involved, more nationalities, more races—the protests are now a rainbow of people from all walks of life, in different countries
, joining and saying, “Black lives do
This is about human lives. We want people to support u
s, stand with us, write a letter, speak to your local officials, join a rally. Do something. Make sure people are hearing your voice saying, “Black lives matter.” We can’t give up. Patrisse, Alicia and Opal won’t.
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