a mother and son at the Commitment March in Washington DC

'A fractured and traumatized nation' marches on, 57 years later

In 1963, a quarter million marched for jobs and freedom. Today, a new generation is moved to march—in spite of a global pandemic.

Alena Battle of Charlotte, North Carolina, holds her son, Tamaj Bulloch, during the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” Commitment March. The event, on the 57th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, honored the original protest while emphasizing the work still to be done, especially for police and criminal justice reform.

Photograph by Joshua Rashaad McFadden, National Geographic

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