Date of Degree

5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Liberal Studies

Advisor

Karen Miller

Subject Categories

African Studies | Asian Studies | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Eastern European Studies | International Relations | Peace and Conflict Studies | Politics and Social Change | Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies | Race and Ethnicity | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Social Policy | Sociology

Keywords

Race Relations, International, Black Lives Matter, BLM, Social Movement, Global

Abstract

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a chapter-based and member-led organization created out of grief by three queer black women. This thesis examines the international impact of BLM. I conducted telephone interviews with activists and advocacy organizations who have organized activist networks and/or won struggles against institutional racism outside of the United States. These activists are located in Kenya, South Africa, Brazil, Australia, India, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Paris. I conclude that BLM has inspired the creation and supported the continued development of organizations advocating for national and transnational social and racial justice on a global scale. BLM in spite of its imperfections, is the "social justice yellow brick road" helping to build a path toward, what political activist Angela Davis conceptualizes as, "intersectionality of movements," or the joining of different struggles to strengthen each fight against oppression.

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