Non-violent demands for social change can take the form of marches, sit-ins, and strikes to raise awareness and draw government and public attention to their cause. But, what happens when the government has no intention of changing legislation? What happens when the police department is ordered to break up a protest? Tensions rise and violence ensues, forcing activists to stand their ground and endure physical and mental strain.
Photography provides evidence of the courage of individuals and recognizes their struggle, resistance, and perseverance when standing up for demands for a living wage and civil equalities. While images of violence can be difficult to view, it’s important to remember that change does not come easily. We must honor the work and sacrifices of those who came before us, taking inspiration from their resilience. These images show the complicated and contested journey towards a freer America. Ignoring this aspect of resistance is dangerously irresponsible.
"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera."