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The Protests that Rocked the Nation

The Protests that Rocked the Nation

Public art displayed this month reflects widespread calls for action.


A college graduate, photographed on Black Lives Matter Plaza.

Image credits:

Ted Eytan

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 10:00

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- June saw unrest and upheaval of the likes of which have not been seen in the U.S. in many decades. Across the United States, the intersection of Pride Month, Juneteenth, Black Lives Matter Protests, and the COVID-19 pandemic spurred a growing desire for change. This month we look at how these events have been expressed through public works of demonstration and art.


Medical staff, many in white coats, kneel on the grass by the Memorial for Enslaved Laborers.
On June 5, medical staff from the University of Virginia held a moment of silence by the Memorial for Enslaved Laborers in Charlottesville and knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. This time stamp is a symbol of the police violence that resulted in the death of George Floyd on May 25. This Virginia demonstration was an act of solidarity between healthcare professionals and the Black community, reflecting the White Coats for Black Lives movement. (Kim Kelley-Wagner)

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