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National Action Network (NAN) March on Washington 8.28.2020

Burroughs Lamar | New York, United States

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Washington, DC.

I covered the 2013 NAN 50th Anniversary March on Washington D.C., and expected this one to be either the same amount of gathers or perhaps a bit larger given the recent shooting of Jacob Blake. Instead, as the day wore on, the amount of people arriving was as large as the 1963 March when Martin Luther King Jr. spoke. His son, MLK, III, spoke on many civil rights, and activism themes, his oration at times approached the gifts of his father was a fitting testament to his legacy. Rev. Al Sharpton's NAN organization brought together masses of people from all over the country of varying ethnicities that was absolutely peaceful and left a spirit of hopefulness that the tragic deaths and injustices that have afflicted many Africans Americans for centuries will cease the need for marches in the future.

Burroughs Lamar is a self-taught documentary photographer.His serious photography began in 2008, through his ongoing project documenting African American life in his native born Harlem community in the context of gentrification.His interest in the human condition arises from his career in behavioral health, specifically forensic psychiatry, working with his clients, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Social Workers in the treatment of major psychiatric disorders.<>

With an acute understanding of mental disorders, most occur genetically, other factors include substance use, but most relevant to his photography, through life stressors.Community activism, social protests provide people with a valve to release tension and gain a sense of empowerment against forces of oppression.<>

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