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Photograph by:
Tommy Oliver, American, born 1984  Search this
Subject of:
Michael B. Jordan, American, born 1987  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
George Perry Floyd Jr., American, 1973 - 2020  Search this
H x W: 3699 pixels × 6476 pixels
File size: 137.1 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
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 Michael B. Jordan speaking at a Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles protest in Century City, California. The image was taken by Tommy Oliver during the protests that followed the death of George Floyd. Jordan is depicted just right of center, addressing a crowd of protesters. He is shown from the waist up, standing above the crowd, turned in three quarters pose, and facing the left edge of the photograph. He is speaking into a microphone in his proper right hand as he looks out over the crowd. He is wearing a black, short sleeve T-shirt, black leather gloves, and a necklace with a metal pendant over his chest. The crowd of protesters surrounding Jordan, watching him speak, are all wearing face masks or other types of face coverings. Behind Jordan on the left, a male protester is holding a large, partially obscured, white sign with dark bubble text that reads [BLACK / LiVeS /[M]ATT[ER]], with a heart symbol dotting the letter “i” in [LiVes] and forming the top spaces in the letters “A” in [BLACK] and [[M]ATT[ER]]. In front of the large sign is a smaller, white protest sign that reads [NO JUSTICE] and [NO Peace] above and below an encircled [Y] symbol. In the background are white buildings, one with columns. At the center is a building with a rounded exterior and balconies.
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Hollywood (Film)  Search this
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U.S. History, 2001-  Search this
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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
Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience.
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 052
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture