Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Opal Tometi on the Fight for Racial Justice in the US

Opal Tometi co-founded Black Lives Matter alongside activists Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors. Time Magazine named her as one of 2020’s 100 most influential people and BBC calls her one of the 100 most inspiring women. In this interview, Opal shares the origins of Black Lives Matter and her hopes for the future of the country under the Biden-Harris administration. She reminds us that human rights violations are not just something that happens abroad: the reality is the concerns are here in the United States. You can learn more about Tometi’s work at

“Issues of peace and security are central to the movement for Black lives. You know, oftentimes people think about human rights being something that happens abroad. But the reality is the concerns are right here. They are within this nation.”


This episode was produced by Caro Rolando and Martina Castro, mixed by Martine Chaussard, edited by Martina Castro, and mastered by Laurent Apffel. Our team includes lead producer Caro Rolando, assistant producer Laura Ubaté, editor David Alandete and production manager Luis Gil.

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