I’m not a journalist by trade. I will attempt to be as objective as I can. I would like to share the factual timeline of events that produced the #BlackLivesMatter movement. It runs counter to what is being reported in the media and shows that the founder(s) of #BlackLivesMatter is BlackLifeMatters.org / @BlkLifeMatters.
I would rather have a news outlet pick this up, but a friend told me I might have to be the journalist.
March 19th, 2012 – First Tweet from @BlkLifeMatters
— BlackLifeMatters (@BlkLifeMatters) March 19, 2012
March 24th, 2012 – Jason Kandel and Jesse Gary (March 25th, 2012), “Hundreds March in Hollywood to Protest Trayvon Martin Shooting” NBC Los Angeles NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Sunday, (Retrieved August, 25th, 2015)
BlackLifeMatter.org is prominently displayed at a protest in Los Angeles.
March 24th, 2012 – First 19 Mentions of #BlackLifeMatters on Twitter (Retrieved August, 25th, 2015): Verifiable with Twitter Advanced search.
April 11th, 2012 – First Mention of #BlackLivesMatter (an organic transformation) on Twitter (Retrieved August, 25th, 2015): Verifiable with Twitter Advanced Search.
July 16th, 2013 – First Mention of #BlackLivesMatter by opal tometi (@opalayo) on Twitter (Retrieved August, 25th 2015) Verifiable with Advanced Twitter Search.
July 17th, 2013 – First Post on Tumblr (Retrieved August 25th, 2012)
June 11th, 2015 – First Mention of Black Lives Matter by Patrisse Cullors based on Google Cache. (Retrieved August 25th, 2015)
June 23rd, 2015 – First Mention of #BlackLivesMatter by Alicia Garza on Twitter (Retrieved August 25th, 2015)
Inconsistencies in References Claiming Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors are the founders in Wikipedia Entry (Retrieved August 25th, 2015)
“Black Lives Matter has also become an organization. Three activists, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi co-founded the project in the wake of the Zimmerman’s acquittal in 2013.” Hunt, Jazelle (January 13, 2015).
“Black Lives Still Matters to Grassroots and Black Media”. Black Voice News. Retrieved February 5, 2015.
First mention of #BlackLivesMatter by Patrisse Cullors Alicia Garza doesn’t happen until June 11th and June 23rd of 2015.
“The social justice leaders talk about their struggle to get credit for the movement they started.” Zarya, Valentina (July 19, 2015).
“Founders of #BlackLivesMatter: Getting credit for your work matters”. Fortune Magazine. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
The timeline above makes it clear that they did not start the movement.
I will save personal opinion about this timeline for another post. I apologize for poor formatting. Casey Abbott Payne