Behind every movement lies a legion of strong support that often times never receives recognition for their dedication to service and their perseverance through perilous times. For Glamour’s annual ‘Women of the Year’ ceremony, the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement – Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi – are being celebrated for bringing the issue to the forefront of the American conscience.
The three women will be feted alongside other extraordinary women of 2016, including Olympian Simone Biles, plus-sized model Ashley Graham, and singer/actress Zendaya Coleman. The journey to justice for the women behind the movement began in earnest after the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida by George Zimmerman. Enraged by the outcome, the women decided that enough was enough, vowing to initiate a movement that has since become a global phenomenon. Tometi was quoted as stating:
“We gave tongue to something that we all knew was happening. We were courageous enough to call it what it was. But more than that, to offer an alternative. An aspirational message: Black lives matter.”
Garza also offered up a synopsis of the movement:
“We wanted to connect people who were already buzzing about all this stuff and get them to do something, not just retweet or like or share. We thought, How do we get folks together and take that energy and create something awesome?”
What began as a simple plea on behalf of their people transcended the seemingly impossible with a simple hashtag and a proliferation of #BlackLivesMatter topics sprinkled throughout all forms of social media. By providing a digital platform, the three women made the cause one that could not be ignored any longer as more black men and women and children continued to die at the hands of police officers. More so than any other year in the history of women, the landscape has dramatically changed for women and the ceremony iterates that there is nothing a woman cannot do when bravery and determination are applied.
November 14 marks the day when Glamour will honour their guests, with all stories available via their social media networks as the awards are given and speeches broadcast. The revolution will be televised.