7 of the Most Moving Moments From #Blacklivesmatter Protests

After a truly horrible week, thousands of people around the world united to stand behind the message and the movement: Black Lives Matter.

These seven incredible moments show how even in the face of violence, peace and solidarity are still the most powerful way to push for change.

1. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

People are comparing this photo to the iconic shots that came out of Tiananmen Square and Vietnam—the kind of image that defines a generation. "It wasn’t very violent," says photographer Jonathan Bachman, who took the photo for Reuters. "She didn’t say anything. She didn’t resist, and the police didn’t drag her off."

The woman's identity is still unconfirmed, but The Atlantic are following up with a possible direct interview.

2. London

The #BlackLivesMatter protests gathered thousands and brought the city to a standstill, but not many people seemed to mind. Even the bus drivers got on board.

3. Inglewood, Los Angeles

Twilight protesters blocked the roads to create a massive peace sign.

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4. New York

Thousands marched through the streets to show their heartbreak on Saturday night…

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…but above everything else the focus was the same: to keep the peace.

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5. Madison Square Garden, New York

The New York Liberty women's basketball team wore warm-up shirts reading "#BlackLivesMatter" and #Dallas5" as a tribute ahead of their Sunday night match. “I think it’s a shame that we keep seeing people that want to make this movement as something that’s violent,” said forward Swin Cash. “Five cops gave their lives up trying to protect a peaceful movement. And in this country, I do believe that you can assemble peacefully and protest against injustice."

6. Brooklyn, New York

On Sunday morning, cult filmmaker Spike Lee led a peaceful children's march, joining hundreds of families and community members in a walk from Fort Greene Park to The Barclays Center.

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7. Wimbledon

On Saturday, Serena Williams won her 22nd grand-slam title Wimbledon, tying her with the record of former world #1 Steffi Graf. She raised her right hand in salute, a symbol of unity, power and support in the black community, and hundreds of thousands around the world cheered with her.


From the U.S. to  to beyond, shows of support are being planned in cities around the world. Watch this space.