After a week that left many fumbling for words, Black Lives Matter D.C. decided to speak with their feet. The local chapter of the loosely knit protest movement filled the streets Saturday evening, shouting themselves hoarse and thrusting signs. The crowd made their way from U Street to Georgetown, pausing periodically to rally and shut down traffic. Here, a protester blocks traffic on Massachusetts Avenue near Thomas Circle.
On a night where Black Lives Matter protests in Baton Rouge, La., and St. Paul, Minn., saw mass arrests, protesters and D.C. police gave each other space. The blockade of Mass Avenue lasted only a few minutes before a protest leader intervened. “I don’t need black bodies blocking this road,” he said, and the protesters rejoined the march.