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      13 new yorkers on the importance of black lives matter 13 new yorkers on the importance of black lives matter 13 new yorkers on the importance of black lives matter

      Black Lives Matter began its life as a hashtag in 2013, created in response to George Zimmerman's acquittal. In the three years since the message spread urgently across social media, Black Lives Matter has crystallized into an international activist movement. It connects people across countries, cultures, socioeconomic strata, religious beliefs, gender identities, political affiliations, and ethnicities in unrelenting pursuit of a just, equal, safe, and free existence for people of color everywhere. We asked 13 New Yorkers — designers, filmmakers, community organizers, editors, musicians, activists, and artists — from Brooklyn to Harlem how issues of social justice impact their work, what changes people and politicians need to make, and why Black Lives Matter’s message and goals are critical in 2016.