#BlackLivesMatter Still—Part 1

Yesterday, I posted a new Facebook profile picture that received a lot of attention—not because of how super cute and fly my sister and I are, but because of my shirt.

It’s called the “…And Counting” shirt from Glossrags.com, which lists the names of many unarmed black men who were killed by cops in America. It’s my second one, considering the list unfortunately gets longer everyday and the shirt will soon be outdated.

Many commenters liked the shirt, asking where I bought it. My mom’s best friend even commented with, “So cute… and that shirt is powerful #BlackLivesMatter”, to which one of my white male Facebook friends commented “All lives matter.”

The upcoming MoAD Vanguard event, #BlackLivesMatter: One Year Later, is a great time to reflect and discuss the meaning of the hashtag. Event panelists will explore the current state of race relations, what local organizations and people are doing about it, and how we can continue to lend our voices and efforts to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

It feels like it has been more than a year since the emergence of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag—possibly because of all of the lives lost, injustices brought to light, marches in city streets and social media posts—but I’m still taken aback when someone counters a #BlackLivesMatter with #AllLivesMatter.

In our next newsletter, I’ll dig deeper into the #AllLivesMatter debate. Until then, please join MoAD Vanguard for #BlackLivesMatter: One Year Later on July 16, 2015 at MoAD, 685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Admission is free.

Keah Moffett is the Social Media Coordinator at MoAD. She is also a writer, director, editor, actor, and dancer. Follow her on YouTube & Instagram, or at LeBonAmi.com.

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