Pride and protest during the pandemic

The month of June has been a time of visible pain across the world. From the swelling numbers of coronavirus cases and racial disparity in deaths to the protests against the consistent murders of unarmed Blacks by police officers, these are the times that people will be talking about for centuries to come.

Like the rest of the world’s citizens, frustration and unrest increased for many in Louisiana as protesters took to the streets in Baton Rouge, Donaldsonville, Zachary, Port Allen, Shreveport, Lafayette, Lake Charles, and New Orleans in the wake of Minneapolis police killing George Floyd on May 25.

In Baton Rouge, young activists, ministers, and families peacefully rallied at the state capitol, stopped traffic on Siegen Lane and Airline Highway, and marched to the home of District Attorney Hillar Moore, and spoke before the Louisiana legislature. Across the state, protesters have lined streets, removed Confederate monuments, and staged kneel-ins where they kneeled on one knee or laid on the ground symbolizing Floyd’s death.

They have galvanized to end policies and systems that harm —even kill— Black people while calling for a redoubling of unity and support of Black businesses and the protection of Black lives.  Photographer Yusef Davis captured rallies and Juneteenth events that demonstrate the people’s pride and protests that are ongoing.   @ydphotoandart