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"Say Her Name" protest, artist Janelle Monáe and Wondaland Records members perform "Hell You Talmbout" protest song, Atlanta, GA

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Photograph by:
Sheila Pree Bright, American, born 1967  Search this
Subject of:
Janelle Monáe, American, born 1985  Search this
Felecia Christian, American  Search this
Alexia Christian, American, died 2015  Search this
Nate "Rocket" Wonder, American  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Wondaland Records, American, founded 2015  Search this
H x W: 6000 pixels × 6000 pixels
File size (Total): 103.09 MB
digital images
digital media - born digital
Place captured:
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Sheila Pree Bright’s images often feature women, as in this image of singer Janelle Monae standing behind a “#SAY HER NAME” sign. Bright celebrates the central role that women historically have played in organizing protests and leading demands for social change. At a Breonna Taylor protest, Bright recalls, “I felt the trauma within the women's voices when they spoke; it was very emotional, fierce, and sobering.”
A digital, black-and-white image of Janelle Monáe performing "Hell You Talmbout" during a Black Lives Matter "Say Her Name" protest in Atlanta, Georgia. Monáe is standing left of center. She is wearing a white, long sleeve, polka dot bouse and white cap with a black band and visor. Her head is tilted towards her proper right shoulder, her chin is tilted slightly upwards, her eyes are closed, and she appears to be singing. Her proper right arm rests at her side and her proper left arm is draped over the shoulder of Felecia Christian, the mother of Alexia Christian, standing in the right foreground. Christian, on the right is holding a white protest sign in front of her with black, handwritten marker text that reads [#What happened to / ALEXIA CHRISTIAN / #SAY HER NAME / #STOPKILLINGUS!]. She wears a dark blouse, two chain necklaces, and dark sunglasses. She is facing the viewer with her chin raised, and also appears to be singing. Standing behind Monáe and Christian is Nate 'Rocket' Wonder of the Wondaland Arts Society, singing and clapping his hands. He is wearing a white T-shirt, metal rimmed sunglasses, and a round, broad brimmed hat. Standing in the background behind Monáe, Christian, and Wonder is a gathering of other protesters; some holding protest signs up in the air.
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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 Sheila Pree Bright
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© Sheila Pree Bright
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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