In 2013, Trayvon Martin, a black teenager armed with nothing more than a bag of candy, was killed by a “neighborhood watch coordinator” while returning to the home where he was staying in a gated Florida community. In the wake of the killer’s acquittal, and the deaths of numerous African Americans while in police custody, Black Lives Matter was born. It has since grown into a powerful international movement focused on issues of racism and social justice. The following reading represents the fullest expression of the movement’s ideological beliefs and policy goals.