Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi are three names that have become synonymous with the leadership through activism over the course of the last four years and now the ladies are receiving yet another well-deserved spotlight.

Appearing poised, strong and stunning as recipients of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year” award, the three fearless founders of the Black Lives Matter organization open up about the tremendous value of the work they’ve done already and their hopes for the work that’s ahead. 

“We wanted to connect people who were already buzzing about all this stuff and get them to do something, not just retweet or like or share,” Garza says. “We thought, ‘How do we get folks together and take that energy and create something awesome?'”

Elaborating further, Tometi reflects on how the Black Lives Matter movement brought hard truths about issues like police brutality and sexism to the forefront for this generation.

“We gave tongue to something that we all knew was happening,” she says. “We were courageous enough to call it what it was. But more than that, to offer an alternative. An aspirational message: Black lives matter.” 

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The trio has also served as the faces of a modern-day civil rights movement that has garnered the attention of prominent influencers across all industries, while also empowering hundreds of communities across the globe to get involved in the fight for justice. Actress Uzo Aduba is one of many in the entertainment industry to take notice and offer public appreciation for all of the work BLM has done.

“I cannot think of a better time in our nation’s history for the brave names of Alicia Garza, Patrice Cullors, and Opal Tometi, also understood as the founders of The Black Lives Matter Movement, to be known and recognized than during this year’s Glamour Women of The Year,” she tells the magazine. “These are the champions of our great nation. Black Lives Matter matters.”

Read the full article on the women of Black Lives Matter for Glamour, here.