Photography by Ryan Pfluger in Washington, D.C., on October 5, 2015.
Alicia Garza, special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, co-founded Black Lives Matter in 2013 to combat anti-black racism after the murder of Trayvon Martin. But watching the movement grow and do “amazing things” has made 2015 especially remarkable for her. “To see how black people all over the world have embraced Black Lives Matter is awe-inspiring,” says Garza. “The best moments are when black people stop me in the street and share with me the impact that BLM has had on their lives and on their faith that another world is actually possible.” This year, Garza was named to the Root 100 list of African-American achievers and influencers between the ages of 25 and 45, and was featured in the Politico50 guide to the thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics.