Fists Up, Fight Back

Brittany Henderson-Fiestas, D.C. Protests' former communications coordinator and march leader, raises her fist as she plays a Malcolm X speech on 15th and R Street NW on Saturday, August 29. In that speech, Malcolm X calls attention to police brutality against Black people, an issue still vividly relevant today.

Fists Up, Fight Back is a photo essay about the birth and growth of D.C. Protests, a grassroots organization dedicated to fighting for racial equity in America. It was founded by seven strangers, who met on the streets of Washington, D.C. on June 3 after the death of George Floyd on May 25.

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