Black Lives Matter: A Timeline

Black lives Matter (BLM) protest has been in and out of the media since 2012. Here’s a virtual timeline that helps with understanding the movement.


Black lives matter banner is displayed to support the movement. Photo by Daniel DeBoer.

Daniel deBoer, Feature & Sports Editor

When George Floyd was murdered on May 25, 2020, it sparked a new wave of Black lives Matter (BLM) protests in all major cities across the United States, even stemming into the suburbs and small towns, as seen in Grayslake and other nearby towns. But these recent protests aren’t the only protests that were involved in the movement. Since the murder of Trayvon Martin, the BLM movement has been in and out of the media since 2012. This visual timeline will cover major events starting in 2012 all the way through today. This timeline will only summarize the events, if you are interested in reading more, links will be included in the individual cases with more information.