Black Lives Matter, Hip Hop, and Social Justice Activism

“Black power is giving power to people who have not had power to determine their destiny.” This quote was stated by Huey Newton, one of the co-founders of the Black Panther Party in 1966. During this time, the Black Panthers were mostly known for protecting the black community against police brutality. While a strong group like the Black Panthers protected African-Americans back then, police brutality continues to be an ongoing issue in our nation today. Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, brings various communities together to speak out against the continued violence and racism toward African-American/Black people. Through the growth of BLM, we are able to look at our history and see that Hip Hop has had a great impact on the success of the movement. Artists such as Tupac, NWA, and Kendrick Lamar all play a significant role in bringing the African-American/Black community together to stand their ground against injustice. Hip Hop today, Kendrick Lamar has been one of the largest activist for the Black Lives Matter movement through his lyrics and performances with songs like “Alright” and his feature on Beyoncé’s song “Freedom”. During this presentation, I will discuss the involvement Hip Hop has had in the Black Lives Matter Movement and Social Justice Activism.