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Black Lives Matter

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This mural at Mount and Presbury streets features the face of Freddie Gray (Flickr.com)

Black Lives Matter has inspired the arts, and depictions of protests, leaders, and victims of police violence have appeared on film, in fiction and non-fiction writing, and visual culture. The expression has been captured on clothing, flags, and in various protest signs. At large demonstrations, protesters have carried placards with drawings and paintings as memorials, and makeshift markers have been erected to commemorate where victims have died. The aesthetic contributions of Black Lives Matter can be found in various murals across the world, and these pieces sometimes depict victims of police shootings, along with images of struggle and characterizations of the liberated future. Angie Thomas's 2017 young adult fiction book The Hate U Give, was a best-selling, Black Lives Matter-themed book. Rapper Kendrick Lamar's 2015 song, "Alright," is considered an "unofficial" anthem of the movement, as protestors often sang the song during gatherings.

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