Thousands of protestors took the streets of New York City to fight for Black lives on America’s 244th birthday yesterday.
Organizers urged the crowd to contact their local city council members and express their sentiments about the ongoing oppression towards Black citizens after the 2021 New York City
budget cut millions of dollars from the Education, affordable housing and funding towards the Arts. The police budget was cut $1 billion, but protestors say it is not enough.
Protestors burnt textbooks and demanded history to be rewritten. Demonstrators were also joined by former Miss Black America, Ryan Richardson, an activist for Black lives.
Demonstrators places signs around the Monument of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, a former slave owner. Photo by Bessie Liu
One of the many organizers of Unite NY 2020 gathers the crowd. Photo by Bessie Liu
A police officer sits in his car observing protestors from a distance. Photo by Bessie Liu
Various organized groups gather at Washington Square Park. Photo by Bessie Liu
Protestors gather in Washington Square Park. Photo by Bessie Liu
Photographer asks demonstrator to pose for a photograph at the protest. Photo by Bessie Liu
Crowd leaves Washington Square Park. Photo by Bessie Liu
Demonstrator holds up artistic sign. Photo by Bessie Liu
Bystanders watch and film the protestors. Photo by Bessie Liu
Demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge. Photo by Bessie Liu
Protestor uses a fire extinguisher as the crowd behind dances and cheers. Photo by Bessie Liu
Demonstrators stop in the middle of the Brooklyn bridge and begins to dance. Photo by Bessie Liu
Signs at the July 4 Protests. Photo by Bessie Liu
Demonstrators gather at DUMBO, their final stop. Photo by Bessie Liu