The Signs Tell The Story
Many Black Live Matter Protests have taken place around the world since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. These photographs document the peaceful Dequindre Cut Protest (Saturday, June 6, 2020) in Detroit, the city in America that has the largest percentage of Black population (+80%). The Dequindre Cut Greenway is a two mile long below street level grade former railway tracks now transformed into a walking and bicycling path. The march started at Detroit’s Eastern Market entrance to the cut and continued to the end at a Detroit River front park. At the park, several individuals spoke about BLM, including the 17 year old high school student who organized the protest. Interestingly, many of the marchers were of diversified ethnic backgrounds mostly light skinned. The multitude of handmade signs make the subject matter of my photos, as did the masks worn for the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the signs and masks display how much the population care for the well-being of each other. Note: Social safe distancing did take place, the distance in some of these photos is compressed due to the use of a telephoto lens.