Words have power. Among the most potent words of recent years is the phrase “Black lives matter.” In July 2013, after the acquittal of the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, community organizer Alicia Garza posted a Facebook message proclaiming, “Black lives matter.”
The phrase went viral via social media and spawned a movement.
Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) chose Garza as the honoree of its ninth annual Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture and Award.
Garza is co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM), a global network dedicated to combating “anti-black racism” as it works to facilitate connections to encourage social action and engagement. She is also an author and the special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance.