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