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TIME magazine cover features founders of Black Lives Matter

Written by on March 13, 2020

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, TIME magazine published a double issue that features 100 magazine covers from 1920-2019 that feature women. The cover of the double issue features the three women who spearheaded the Black Lives Matter movement as its founders in 2013.

Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi are the celebrated women who sprang into activism in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s murder. The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter became a call to action in shining the spotlight on so many fatal shootings of black men and women who were unarmed when they were shot.

Other black women featured in the TIME special issue include Michelle Obama, Billie Holiday, Serena Williams, and Aretha Franklin. And to commemorate the 1955 issue, the cover is titled “The Bus Riders (1955) Demanding Dignity.” When Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery in December of that year, a boycott for riding buses lasted more than a year. And the total economic loss to the city was more than $750,000, which translates to nearly $7 million in today’s economy.

The art of the Black Lives Matter founders on the cover of this double issue of TIME is by Molly Crabapple, an award-winning artist whose work is featured in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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