Lolita Lens | The "Millions March" in Harlem to Support Baltimore (Part 1)

The "Millions March" in Harlem to Support Baltimore (Part 1)

May 03, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Millions March in Harlem was held to show support for Baltimore, MD which had experienced unrest due to the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. The march also honored the many other young Black men (and women) nationwide who lost their lives because of police brutality.

During the march we made three major stops: the 28th police precinct, the 30th police precinct, and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Speeches were made by Millions March organizers at each stop, and a moment of silence was held at both police precincts. As you'll see in the photos, we were heavily shadowed by NYPD on foot, cars and motorcycles the entire time, but there were no arrests or violence.

As a photographer, this was my second time participating/documenting a protest, the first being last November after a grand jury chose not to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. As a Black female photographer, both experiences were incredibly empowering and rewarding. Looking forward to covering more protests and rallies in the future....

 

Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie GrayFiery speeches were made by the Millions March organizers prior to the start of the march. Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie Gray Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie GrayThis supporter made and gave out free signs for the marchers. Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie Gray Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie GrayNYPD keep a watchful eye before the march began. Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie GrayThe march begins...heading toward the 28th police precinct. Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie GraySpeeches, chants and a moment of silence at the 28th police precinct. Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie GraySpeeches, chants and a moment of silence at the 28th police precinct. Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie GraySpeeches, chants and a moment of silence at the 28th police precinct. Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie GrayNYPD shadowed us the entire way, which included driving on the sidewalk... Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie GrayNYPD ordering me to walk on the sidewalk... Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie Gray Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie Gray Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie GrayWe had the support of so many of the Harlem residents as we marched through their neighborhood. Harlem's Millions March in support of Baltimore and the death of Freddie Gray


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