To read this content please select one of the options below:

Black Lives Matter: (Re)Framing the Next Wave of Black Liberation

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change

ISBN: 978-1-78756-896-9, eISBN: 978-1-78756-895-2

Publication date: 16 October 2018


The rise of Black Lives Matter (BLM), as an intentionally intersectional movement, challenges us to consider the ways in which BLM is reimagining the lines of Black activism and the Black Liberation Movement. BLM may be considered the “next wave” of the Civil Rights Movement (CRM), guiding how and with whom the movement will progress. We use a content analysis of public statements and interviews of the founding members from October 2014 to October 2016 to discuss the ways in which the founders of BLM frame the group’s actions. We bring together the critical feminist concept of intersectionality with framing theory to show how the founders of BLM have strategically framed the movement as one that honors past Black Liberation struggles, but transforms traditional framing of those struggles to include all Black lives inclusive of differences based on gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, or criminal status.




All authors contributed equally to this chapter. We acknowledge and thank Aja Reynolds for her contributions to this project. We would also like to thank the participants of the 2017 ARNOVA conference for their helpful suggestions on earlier drafts.


Clark, A.D., Dantzler, P.A. and Nickels, A.E. (2018), "Black Lives Matter: (Re)Framing the Next Wave of Black Liberation", Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Vol. 42), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 145-172.



Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2018 Emerald Publishing Limited