Black Lives Matter activist Darnell Moore looks back on the movement 5 years from it’s creation


Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi founded #BlackLivesMatter after George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the killing of Trayvon Martin back in 2013. Since then, the movement has gone beyond viral, changing the dynamic of contemporary politics, evolving the conversation around race in America and inspiring generations of activist like Darnell Moore.

Moore is an award-winning author, activist and advocate for justice. In his new memoir “No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America,” Moore shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teenager who not only survived but found his calling. He recently sat down with Salon’s studio to discuss his book, the power of Black Lives Matter and the evolution of the movement.

“The movement for Black Lives should be expected to morph. There are a lot of arguments with people saying it’s no longer here, but organizers are always working,” Moore said. “Organizers are being very strategic, organizing around the particular issues of the moment, so there are a lot of folks doing work around electoral politics, policy roundtables that hone on specific policies that need to be overturned and doing work in communities, organizing at the ground.”

Watch the full video above to learn more about how Darnell Moore’s take on activism and what change looks like. And check out the full interview to hear how Moore wrestled with his identity growing up as a queer black man. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope.

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