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A brief introduction to #BlackLivesMatter and Colorado

#BlackLivesMatter support posts and arguments are trending on all social media platforms since the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died due to a Minneapolis police officer placing his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. 

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi created the #BlackLivesMatter movement in 2013 after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s death and the subsequent acquittal of the man who fatally shot him, George Zimmerman. 


According to, the project is now a member-led global network of more than 40 chapters. 

“As organizers who work with everyday people, BLM members see and understand significant gaps in movement spaces and leadership,” the website reads. “Black liberation movements in this country have created room, space and leadership mostly for Black heterosexual, cisgender men — leaving women, queer and transgender people and others either out of the movement or in the background to move the work forward with little or no recognition.”

The movement grew in strength in August 2014 after the shooting of Michael Brown, a Black 18-year-old, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Outraged over Brown’s death, the Ferguson community protested for 10 days straight, rallying supporters close to home and on social media.

I don’t know if we have ever experienced this kind of global challenge to racism and to the consequences of slavery and colonialism.” -Angela Davis, political activist and author

Colorado producer, storyteller and filmmaker Anthony Grimes founded the Denver Freedom Riders in 2014 to bring protesters from Denver to Ferguson to stand with the people on the ground in Ferguson and St. Louis.

However, protests at the same scale of those in Ferguson did not break out across the country in the weeks following Brown’s death. It was not until November 2014, when a grand jury decided not to indict the officer who killed Brown, Darren Wilson, that protesters across the country showed their support by gathering in the hundreds in their own cities.

In response, Denver students at East High School organized a walkout that drew nearly 1,000 supporters, and community members marched along streets in downtown. 

On June 9, a video interview with activist and author Angela Davis was posted on Twitter by the Channel 4 News out of the United Kingdom. Davis said that change has to come in many forms. 

“What we are seeing now are new demands,” Davis said. “Demands to demilitarize the police, demands to defund the police, demands to dismantle the police and envision different modes of public safety. We’re asked now to consider how we might imagine justice in the future.” 

This merely scratches the surface of the action the #BlackLivesMatter movement has taken in Colorado and beyond. The BLM website hosts countless stories on local activists and the work they do in their communities, and local activist organizations and history resources are only a Google search away.


“This is a very exciting moment,” Davis said. “I don’t know if we have ever experienced this kind of global challenge to racism and to the consequences of slavery and colonialism.”

Serena Bettis can be reached at or on Twitter @serenaroseb.

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Serena Bettis, Editor in Chief
Serena Bettis is your 2022-23 editor in chief and is in her final year studying journalism and political science. In her three years at The Collegian, Bettis has also been a news reporter, copy editor, news editor and content managing editor, and she occasionally takes photos, too. When Bettis was 5, her family moved from Iowa to a tiny town northwest of Fort Collins called Livermore, Colorado, before eventually moving to Fort Collins proper. When she was 8 years old, her dad enrolled at Colorado State University as a nontraditional student veteran, where he found his life's passion in photojournalism. Although Bettis' own passion for journalism did not stem directly from her dad, his time at CSU and with The Collegian gave her the motivation to bite down on her fear of talking to strangers and find The Collegian newsroom on the second day of classes in 2019. She's never looked back since. Considering that aforementioned fear, Bettis is constantly surprised to be where she is today. However, thanks to the supportive learning environment at The Collegian and inspiring peers, Bettis has not stopped chasing her teenage dream of being a professional journalist. Between working with her section editors, coordinating news stories between Rocky Mountain Student Media departments and coaching new reporters, Bettis gets to live that dream every day. When she's not in the newsroom or almost falling asleep in class, you can find Bettis working in the Durrell Marketplace and Café or outside gazing at the beauty that is our campus (and running inside when bees are nearby). This year, Bettis' goals for The Collegian include continuing its trajectory as a unique alt-weekly newspaper, documenting the institutional memory of the paper to benefit students in years to come and fostering a sense of community and growth both inside the newsroom and through The Collegian's published work. Bettis would like to encourage anyone with story ideas, suggestions, questions, concerns or comments to reach out to her at
Devin Cornelius, Digital Managing Editor
Devin Cornelius is the digital managing editor for The Collegian. He is a fifth-year computer science major from Austin, Texas. He moved to Colorado State University and started working for The Collegian in 2017 as a photographer. His passion for photography began in high school, so finding a photography job in college was one of his top priorities. He primarily takes sports photos, volleyball being his favorite to shoot. Having been on The Collegian staff for 4 1/2 years, he's watched the paper evolve from a daily to a weekly paper, and being involved in this transition is interesting and exciting. Although Cornelius is a computer science major, his time at The Collegian has been the most fulfilling experience in his college career — he has loved every second. From working 12-hour days to taking photos in Las Vegas for the Mountain West Conference, he cannot think of a better place to work. Working as a photographer for The Collegian pushed him outside of his comfort zone, taking him places that he never expected and making him the photographer he is today. As the digital managing editor, Cornelius oversees the photos, graphics and social media of The Collegian along with other small tech things. Working on the editorial staff with Katrina Leibee and Serena Bettis has been super fun and extremely rewarding, and together they have been pushing The Collegian toward being an alt-weekly. Outside of The Collegian, he enjoys playing volleyball, rugby, tumbling and a variety of video games. When in Austin, you can find him out on the lake, wake surfing, wake boarding and tubing. You can expect that Cornelius and the rest of The Collegian staff will do their best to provide you with interesting and exciting content.

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