Okayplayer’s We March is a commemorative digital zine celebrating the 2020 March on Washington, photographed by Karston “Skinny’ Tannis.
Last Friday, temperatures in Washington, D.C. reached 90 degrees. That did not stop 50,000 people from around the country from congregating in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the Get Your Knee Off Our Necks march.
The date was purposeful. August 28th, 2020 was the 57th year anniversary of A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was at that march where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered “I Have a Dream,” speech, the defining speech of the 20th century. Because of this symbolism, Get Your Knee off Our Necks has been unofficially titled the 2020 March on Washington.
The 2020 March on Washington was organized by Reverend Al Sharpton and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s oldest song Martin Luther King III. The Get Your Knee off Our Necks title is in reference to George Floyd, who was killed after Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. (Chauvin has since been charged with murder.)
Floyd’s death sparked a summer of protests around the country. But Floyd was not the only name in the air: there was Ahmaud Arbery, who was gunned down in Glynn County, Georgia by two men while jogging; Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot in her home by Louisville Metro Police Department; and Jacob Blake, Jr., who was shot in the back by police, with his kids in the car watching. Signs and shirts featured rallying calls for justice for those lost this summer. And Friday’s march featured speeches from George Floyd’s sister, Bridgett Floyd, and Blake’s father, Sr.
We March is a commemorative digital zine celebrating the 2020 March on Washington featuring a curated selection of images photographed by Karston “Skinny’ Tannis.
Creative Direction by Teneille Craig.
You can view the full zine here or click to expand on the gallery below.