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It Started With Oscar Grant

A decade ago, a 22-year-old black man was killed by a white police officer at Oakland's Fruitvale BART station.

2019 / Sandhya Dirks / KQED, USA

A decade ago, a 22-year-old black man was killed by a white police officer at Oakland's Fruitvale BART station.

Oscar Grant was unarmed, lying face down on the platform when he was shot in the back. His death, hauntingly captured on cellphone video, would inspire a movie and help spark a national call to end police violence that would come to be known as Black Lives Matter. This is a story about two Oscar Grants: The one who died, and the symbolic Oscar, born out of tragedy, who became a face of a movement.


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Sandhya Dirks

Sandhya Dirks (@sandhyadirks) is the race and equity reporter at KQED public radio, where she focuses on long form documentary storytelling.


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