Do Black Lives Matter?


By: Alison Lucero-Simmons, Nikolasi Niumeitolu, De’zha Boynton, Gisell Bermudez-Camacho

Black Lives Matter is a movement that started following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. On February 26, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking back from a 7-11 after having purchased an Arizona Ice Tea and a bag of Skittles, Zimmerman thought he looked “suspicious” and shot him, later relying on the stand your ground laws in the state of Florida to justify his actions.

This event sparked a nationwide reaction that would eventually manifest in the ever-changing Black Lives Matter movement. As police violence against people of color and racial inequity repeatedly came to light in the US the movement found itself called upon time and again in different circumstances. As the movement grew, and the needs also became more diversified a logical question emerged: what should the Black Lives Matter movement actually focus on? Was this to be a mass movement that addressed all sorts of racial injustice or would the movement be better served to narrow their field of vision on a particular source of racial injustice. 

The focus of our project was to examine some of the options available to the movement and explore the rationale for choosing a particular strategy for the movement as it moves forward.

Artist Statement


The Media Portrayal of Young Black Men: Victim Blaming

Facing Systemic Racism: Does it Exist?

Exposing Injustice: The Role of the Police

Annotated Works Cited: What should the Black Lives Matter Movement Focus On Next



5 Comments Add yours

  1. Barry says:

    wow guys this is really amazing putting out the people who died by police brutality, it was really nice of you.


    1. Raja says:

      I totally agree putting the people on the poster really brings out a public statement. The poster is amazing.


  2. Richardsx says:

    i think your topic is really important in all societies from different races showing that all races matters.


  3. Ramona says:

    I agree, it’s a nice sentiment to pose them as the heroes they should have been. I’m missing the satire in this poster though..


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