Black Lives Matter protest: The legendary image that speaks volumes



Recent days have been charged with emotions and tension amid continuously disproportionate police attacks on black lives. However, images like the one above transcend the words and statements that far too often limit us and lead to division rather than understanding and togetherness, which we need to nourish.

Photographer Jonathan Bachman's image above captures Leshia Evans, a 28-year-old nurse and mother to a five-year-old, before she is arrested at a Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She spent over 20 hours in jail before being released for this non-violent act. 

"Look at her posture," Facebook user Jami West said. "She is balanced, powerful, upright, and well grounded with both feet firmly planted on the earth. Look at the line made from the crown of her head to the heels of her feet. She is only protected by the force of her own personal power.

"By contrast, the officers have the transitory, temporary, protection of their equipment that will be removed at the end of their shift. They are rocked back on their heels, knocked off balance, and appear about to fall over backward just from the power of her.

This is a legendary picture. It will be in history and art books from this time."



This image has been compared by many to "Tank Man," an image taken June 4, 1989, by photographer Jeff Widener, which shows a man blocking a parade of tanks the morning after the Chinese military had violently suppressed Tiananmen Square protests.

“I am a vessel! Glory to the most high! I’m glad I’m alive and safe. And that there were no casualties that I have witnessed firsthand," Evans wrote on her Facebook wall upon her release.

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