#BlackLivesMatter, the hashtag activist movement, was created in 2012 after the death of Trayvon Martin at the hand of then neighborhood watch member, George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was later acquitted for his crime. Norfolk State University, in a bold and unprecedented move, will offer a course in the fall of 2016 titled, "Black Lives Matter." Taught by NSU's senior fellow in the Honors College, Dr. Kay Wright Lewis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Interdisciplinary Studies. Lewis has a unique style of teaching that is engaging, informative and entertaining. Students will learn about the movement's beginnings, its connect to the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s and the historical references and connections to other hashtag activism. Additionally, students will understand how the experiences of Black people in this country brought about the #BlackLivesMatter's call to action.
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