Black Twitter had been extremely vigilant in pointing to the police brutality and deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and other Black men who died while in police custody. The #SayHerName hashtag was created by the African American Policy Forum as a means to raise awareness about police brutality against Black women. Not only did the hashtag draw attention to those cases in the media that were often ignored, it also allowed others to share their experiences and encounters with police violence.
No social media movement added more depth to #BlackLivesMatter than #SayHerName. The African American Policy Forum created the hashtag in support of its ongoing demand that Black women victims be included in the conversation about state violence against Black bodies. #SayHerName grew to encompass public outrage over Sandra Bland’s suspicious death in police custody and the multiple murders of trans women of color. The hashtag was in heavy rotation on May 21, a national day of action to highlight police brutality against Black women.
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2. The Say Her Name Campaign Black women activists across the country led a national campaign this year to fight for the recognition and respect all black women deserve but don’t always receive.For so long, the concerns for their treatment and safety have been neglected -- as are the names of black women and girls who fell victim to many of the same issues that affect our black men and boys. The Say Her Name campaign, which was launched by several community organizations and gained major momentum earlier this year, changed that. Activists fought to include black women and girls as part of the national conversation around both racial and gender inequality.
6. The #SayHerName campaign brought black women’s stories of police brutality to the forefront.
Ms. writer Kimberle Crenshaw and the African American Policy Forum launched #SayHerName with a report, and the movement immediately took off.
"9 women rising against violence of the police, state and empire," Katie Booth, New York TimesRead More
Ebony recognizes Kim Crenshaw among its #EbonyPower100.
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