AGAINST RACISM COVER IMAGES: Olivia Howitt
BLM LDN DAY 1, 2020
Thousands of people peacefully gathered in Hyde Park on 21 June 2020 for the Black Lives Matter protest following the killing of George Floyd – a show of solidarity for justice and peace. Amplified by COVID-19, the atmosphere was intense. For a brief moment the crowds silently parted and a powerful young woman appeared; her stance mirroring the actions on her t-shirt of gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos at the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Australia, who each raised a black gloved fist during the US national whilst on the podium – a symbol of black power and the human rights movement at large.