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11 June 2020, 15:02
The Black Lives Matter raised, clenched fist symbol has a long history behind it, but what does it mean?
Following the tragic killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, on May 25, people have come together worldwide to demand justice for black lives.
Black Lives Matter activists have all been united by raising clenched fists, which is a symbol that has become intertwined with the BLM movement.
But what does the symbol mean and what is the history behind it?
The symbol is a gesture for liberation for those in the black community in the ongoing fight against racism.
The BLM movement adopted the powerful symbol following the death of Michael Brown in Missouri in 2014.
The unarmed black teenager was shot dead by police and the skyward fist represents the ‘hand’s up, don’t shoot’ pose, which is commonly seen in protests and social media posts.
The skyward fist has a powerful history behind it, stemming as a symbol of defiance and is often associated with left-wing politics as well as oppressed groups, according to ABC news.
The historic gesture has been used to represent the struggle for civil rights and the 1960s organisation The Black Panther Party has used it in the past as a symbol of resistance.
The black power fist has also been adopted by allies of the black community as a symbol of black liberation.