11 Vintage Photos of Unity We All Need to See Right Now

Unity inspires change.

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School Integration March
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Powerful protest photos

In a world where there’s so much hate, it can be challenging to feel hopeful for what the future holds. It’s important to remember, however, that public outrage, loud voices and united people have historically resulted in change. Get inspired by these protest photos that document people coming together in pursuit of justice and equality.

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March on Washington
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March on Washington – 1963

In this photo, leaders of the March on Washington lock arms and hold hands as they rally down Constitution Avenue. The protest, which drew 250,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., aimed to call attention to the continuing challenges and inequalities faced by Black people in America. Martin Luther King, Jr., who delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech later that day, can be seen in the photo front and centre.

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Anti-War Protest
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Vietnam War protest – 1971

Vietnam War protesters march in front of the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., in 1971. Small rallies began in 1967 to protest the thousands of deaths—on both sides—from the war.

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Working For Suffrage
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Women’s Suffrage Movement parade – 1913

In 1913, a crowd of women representing various professions gather for a Women’s Suffrage Movement parade through New York City.

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Solidarity Day March in Washington DC
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Solidarity Day – 1981

Protesters, including Washington mayor Marion Barry, march down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., during Solidarity Day in 1981. The protest took aim at President Ronald Reagan after he decided to fire 12,000 air traffic controllers who went on strike and demanded wage increases and safer working conditions.

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ACT UP Demonstrators Protest And Take Over The FDA Headquarters
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ACT UP – 1988

ACT UP protestors in Rockville, Maryland, peacefully link arms in front of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) building to demand the release of experimental medication for those living with HIV/AIDS.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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Selma to Montgomery March – 1965

Protestors gather at the end of the Selma to Montgomery March in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965. At far left is Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Crowded Parade Float, Gay Pride NYC 1989 (20th Anniversary Of Stonewall)
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Gay Pride Parade – 1989

A crowded parade float of LGBTQ+ rights activists wave to the crowd during the 1989 Gay Pride Parade in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

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USA New York New York City: Women's rights activists demonstrating for women's suffrage on the 5th Avenue - 1901 - Vintage property of ullstein bild
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March for women’s suffrage – 1901

Women’s rights activists demonstrate for women’s suffrage on 5th Avenue in New York City.

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Protest To Free Scottsboro Prisoners
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Scottsboro case protest – 1931

In Washington, D.C., thousands of people marched through the streets to the White House where they presented a petition to the president urging for the release of prisoners in the famous Scottsboro case. The Scottsboro Boys were nine black teenagers falsely accused of raping two white women in Scottsboro, Alabama, in 1931.

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Demonstration The White House
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Outrage over the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. – 1968

Following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 1968, protesters picket in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. Two signs read, “Let his death not be in vain” and “We Have a Dream.”

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Germany / GDR, Berlin. The fall of the wall. People at the Brandenburg Gate. 13.11.1989
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The fall of the Berlin Wall – 1989

People at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, gather at the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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