This special issue of Mobilization collects five research articles about the Black Lives Movement (BLM) plus two essays by the editors. This introductory essay provides the broad context of the BLM. It shows how the protests and movement demands of 2020 after the horrific murder of George Floyd were tied to the protests and organizing of 2014-16 which, in turn, built on at least two decades of prior organizing. Protests about police violence are central to Black movements because police repression enforces White supremacy.

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