Symbol of the Year - 2015

The Symbol of the Year in 2015, as voted by Symbolic Systems Program affiliates, is...

#BlackLivesMatter

Protest sign: "#BLACKLIVESMATTER", from https://www.flickr.com/photos/82417691@N00/16022084905, License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Black Lives Matter continued to be a major force in U.S. politics in 2015. A Notable Symbol selection in 2014 as well, the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, for which the movement was named, had emerged in 2013 after a "not guilty" verdict in the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Both the symbol and movement showed their enduring power in 2015.

Nominated by Jeffrey Wishnie (Class of 1992)

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