From east to west, north to south, small towns to big cities, Kansans turned out in large numbers to rally behind the Black Lives Matter movement in May and June.
Using local news reports, The Journal compiled a list of more than 40 different protests across the state between May 29, just a few days after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, through the middle of June. The rallies, unfolding against the backdrop of a COVID-19 pandemic that has disproportionately hurt communities of color, represent the largest, most widespread protests in the country for at least a generation.
Several photographers made their images capturing this time of intense civic engagement available to share in this edition. They are Luke Townsend in Junction City and Manhattan; Julian Montes in Wichita; Corinne Boyer of Kansas News Service in Garden City; and Nomin Ujiyediin of Kansas News Service in Lawrence and Topeka.
A version of this article appears in the Summer 2020 issue of The Journal, a publication of the Kansas Leadership Center. To learn more about KLC, visit http://kansasleadershipcenter.org. Order your copy of the magazine at the KLC Store or subscribe to the print edition.
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