Over the past few years, the Black Lives Matter movement has been making headlines as they strive for respect and equality for African Americans across the country.
Proving their influence and success one of the activist group’s three female founders, Alicia Garza, has been invited to attend President Obama‘s final State of the Union address tomorrow [Tuesday, January 12].
Garza was invited as the guest of Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). Lee has been a constituent of Garza and has been active on issues of civil rights, poverty, and education. The invitation was publicly announced on Twitter by Lee on January 8.
Looking forward to welcoming #BlackLivesMatter co-creator, @aliciagarza, as my #SOTU guest. She’s a powerful voice for justice and reform.
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 8, 2016
Alicia Garza founded the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013 along with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi after the wrongful murder of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. The movement went on to completely dominate social media and is today making strides in Black empowerment, changing the perspective of countless Americans on many issues of racism that plague our country.
The final State Of The Union from President Obama will be streamed on Amazon Prime this Tuesday for all to see. It will also be on the White House website and various news outlets.