Opal Tometi, activist, writer, strategist, and community organizer. Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors are a co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter. Opal Tometi was born 1984, in Phoenix, Arizona, in the US to Nigerian parents. Tometi grew up hearing Yoruba and Esan spoken at home - and says her first trip to Nigeria as a teenager, changed her life. Here's Opal Tometi Biography and Profile.