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Like most 21st century political and social movements, Black Lives Matter started with a humble hashtag in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a Black American teen. The movement then burst onto America’s national media narrative in 2013 following the murder of yet another Black man at the hands of the police in Ferguson, Missouri. The Michael Brown shooting and the outrage it prompted from the African American community helped propel the Black Lives Matter…