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Photograph by:
Tommy Oliver, American, born 1984  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
George Perry Floyd Jr., American, 1973 - 2020  Search this
Jackie Lacey, American, born 1957  Search this
Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles, American, founded 2013  Search this
H x W: 4480 pixels × 6720 pixels
File size: 172.3 MB
digital images
digital media - born digital
Place captured:
Downtown LA, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
June 3, 2020
Photographer Tommy Oliver is an award-winning producer and cinematographer in television and film. Best known for his 2020 documentary 40 Years a Prisoner on HBO, his docuseries Black Love (2017–2020) on OWN, and his feature film The Perfect Guy (2015), Oliver challenges audiences to question their assumptions about race, gender, and family. The film Kinyarwanda (2011), which Oliver co-produced, weaves together narratives of resilience during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. It won the Sundance Film Festival’s award for World Cinema Drama and was recognized as one of the top 10 films of 2011. This photograph is part of a broader portfolio of images taken during Black Lives Matter rallies in Los Angeles between May 31 and June 14, 2020.
A digital, black-and-white image of an unidentified man addressing a crowd of protesters at a Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles protest against District Attorney Jackie Lacey in Downtown Los Angeles, California. The image was taken by Tommy Oliver during the protests that followed the death of George Floyd. The man is shown in full length on the left side of the image, standing in profile, facing a crowd of protesters. The speaker and protesters are in the middle of a city street with a double line running down the center. The protesters are mostly seated on the street in a semicircle around the speaker. Towards the back of the crowd there are also some standing protesters. Almost all the protesters are wearing face masks, bandanas, or other types of protective face coverings. The man is speaking into a handheld microphone held in his proper left hand, attached to a black, Pyle bullhorn held in his proper right hand. He is wearing a white T-shirt, jeans, and dark sneakers. He also has a small towel clutched in his proper right hand along with the bullhorn. A seated protester at the center of the image has her black-and-white protest sign propped up on her legs, which are stretched out in front of her. The sign has two white bands on the top and bottom with a black band across the center. The sign’s black and white centered text reads [BLACK / LIVES / MATTER]. In the background, behind the protesters and the speaker, is a low brick wall capped with black metal fencing and a building with columns and metal roll-up doors.
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Justice  Search this
Photography  Search this
Police brutality  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Resistance  Search this
U.S. History, 2001-  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Tommy and Codie Oliver
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© Tommy Oliver
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National Museum of African American History and Culture