Black Lives Matter explained: The history of a movement

The Black Lives Matter group has been fighting to be heard since 2013 – and the phrase itself is now being seen on streets and screens all around the world after the killing of George Floyd.

But how did the movement get here? And how did it begin?

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In This Story: George Floyd

George Floyd was an African-American man who died on 25th May 2020 in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, following police arrest. Video recording by a witness, showing Floyd repeating “Please”, “I can’t breathe”, and “Don’t kill me”, was widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast by media. The incident led to widespread protests across the United States.

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