Graduation Date

Winter 12-20-2015

First Advisor

Lisa Armstrong

Second Advisor

Errol Louis

Third Advisor

Scotti Williston

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


This story follows the lives of two white activists in New York's Black Lives Matter movement. It examines the largely ignored impact white activists have had on the BLM movement and also explores the history of white activists in the abolitionist and Civil Rights movements. The climax details a highly-publicized spat between rival Black Lives Matter organizations that happened during a Dec. 4 protest to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Officer Daniel Pantaleo's non-indictment in Garner's death. My main character, a white male, was blamed for causing the rift and was asked to step down from his leadership position in one organization.

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