24 Of The Most Powerful Photos In Protest History


Thanks to the advent of the internet and social media, it is now easier than ever to rally citizens who are disgruntled by injustice(s) and peacefully protest for change. Inspiring the masses to care about conundrums that matter is another issue, however…

Regardless, there are a number of iconic images in protest history that remind one of the importance of speaking out about concerns that matter. From Rosa Park’s bold refusal to move to the back of the bus to the Ferguson protests in 2014, the following images speak volumes about the human spirit and the requirement for activists to stand up for what they believe in.

Who knows what the world might look like today if brave vigilantes hadn’t involved themselves in issues and protested for change. If this series doesn’t inspire you to take part in the world, what will?

1) Vancouver Riots

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2) Westboro Baptist Church Counter-Protest

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3) Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Alabama

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4) Tiananmen Square, 1989

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5) Stonewall Riots, 1969

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6) The Berlin Wall, 1989

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7) Black Power Salute, 1968 Mexico City Olympics

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8) Flower Power During The Vietnam War

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9) Thich Quang Duc’s Self-Immolation, 1963

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10) Pepper Spraying Of UC Davis Protestors

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11) Women Activists In London

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12) Nelson Mandela Released From Prison, 1990

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13) Elizabeth Eckford & The Little Rock Nine

[caption id="attachment_6092" align="aligncenter" width="884"]06 Sep 1957, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA --- Elizabeth Eckford ignores the hostile screams and stares of fellow students on her first day of school. She was one of the nine negro students whose integration into Little Rock's Central High School was ordered by a Federal Court following legal action by NAACP. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS 06 Sep 1957, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA — Elizabeth Eckford ignores the hostile screams and stares of fellow students on her first day of school. She was one of the nine negro students whose integration into Little Rock’s Central High School was ordered by a Federal Court following legal action by NAACP. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS[/caption]

14) Russian POW Confronts Himmler During WWII

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15) Christian Protestors Protect Praying Muslims During The Arab Spring, 2011

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16) Memphis, Tennessee, 29 March 1968

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17) Ferguson, 2014

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18) John Lennon & Yoko Ono During Their Bed-In

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19) The March On Washington For Jobs & Freedom, 1963

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20) Martin Luther King Delivers His “I Have A Dream” Speech

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21) Occupy Wall Street, 2011

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22) Anti-labor Protests In Nantes, France 2016

[caption id="attachment_6094" align="aligncenter" width="887"]protest23-768x512 Protester uses a tennis racket to return a tear gas canister during demonstrations.[/caption]

23) Jeff Monson in a police standoff, 2009

[caption id="attachment_6089" align="aligncenter" width="2560"]protest-20 Monson has a professional MMA fight record of 60 wins and 25 losses in the heavyweight division in various leagues and promotions, including seven UFC fights in the period between 2000 and 2006. On January 14, 2009, Monson was charged with first-degree malicious mischief for vandalizing the Washington State Capitol by spray-painting “an anarchy symbol, a peace symbol and the words ‘no poverty’ and ‘no war.'”[/caption]

24) Baton Rouge, 2016

[caption id="attachment_6099" align="aligncenter" width="1100"]160712170804-baton-rouge-peaceful-protest-restricted-super-169 A young woman stands frozen — clad in a flowing dress, armed only with a cell phone — in the middle of a street as a pair of officers in riot gear move to arrest her amid protests surrounding the police killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.[/caption]

h/t: True Activist

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