Countries can acknowledge their histories without being captive to them, says Hawk Newsome, who is visiting Sydney

The death of black teenager Travyon Martin – shot six years ago by a neighbourhood watch volunteer who thought he looked suspicious in a hoodie – sparked three words on a Facebook post, Black Lives Matter. Since then, there has been progress and frustration in the name of the cause.

“The situation has worsened,” Hawk Newsome, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement in Greater New York says, speaking in Sydney on the sixth anniversary of Martin’s death.

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