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Photograph by:
Tommy Oliver, American, born 1984  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
George Perry Floyd Jr., American, 1973 - 2020  Search this
University of Southern California, founded 1880  Search this
H x W: 4480 pixels × 6720 pixels
File size: 172.3 MB
digital images
digital media - born digital
Place captured:
Century City, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
June 6, 2020
A digital, black-and-white image of two unidentified female protesters participating in a Black Lives Matter protest in Century City, California. The image was taken by Tommy Oliver during the protests that followed the death of George Floyd. The two women are standing at the front of a large group of protesters, holding protest signs in front of their torsos. Both women are depicted from the waists up, with their bodies turned slightly towards the left edge of the photograph. The woman on the left is holding a white sign with dark handwritten text that reads [I AM NOT BLACK / BUT I SEE Y[OU?] / I AM NOT BLACK / BUT / HEA[R YOU?] / I AM NOT BLACK / BUT I WILL STAND W/ [YOU?]]. She is wearing a black face mask over her nose and mouth, a black tank top, dark aviator-style sunglasses, and a black baseball-style cap with a white [adidas] logo on the front of the crown. Her hands are cradling the bottom edge of her sign. The woman on the right is holding a white protest sign with black handwritten text that reads [Black lives Matter / Black BODiES Matter / Black CHIL- / DREN / MATTER / Black love MAT- / TERS / Black ART MATTERS / Black Dreams MATTE[R/] / [Bla]ck Future [MATTER?]]. She is wearing a black face mask over her nose and mouth, a long sleeve jean shirts with rolled up sleeves, dark aviator-style sunglasses; and a dark baseball-style cap with white outline text on the front of the crown that reads [USC]. Her hands are wrapped around the front bottom corners of her sign. The women are surrounded by other protesters, many of whom are wearing face masks, or other types of protective face coverings, and carrying protest signs.
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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Restrictions & Rights:
© Tommy Oliver
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Media Arts-Photography
Black Lives Matter
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture