Iconic photos from protests around the country are going viral in the wake of the resistance to police officers in Baton Rouge following last week’s killing of Alton Sterling.


Of those photos of these protests, one that has gotten over 50 thousand retweets is the image of a black woman in a sundress standing firmly in front of officers dressed in full combat gear. The juxtaposition of her grace and fierceness to the office’s militant stance has many saying the image will define the era.


Over Hundreds of Protestors Including DeRay Mckesson Arrested During Alton Sterling Protest

The woman, identified as 28 year old Ieshia Evans of New York, was arrested shortly after  the photo was taken. Evans, who works as a nurse and has a 5 year old son, traveled to Baton Rouge immediately following the killing of Sterling.


After being released from jail (with about 50 other protestors, including DeRay), Evans posted this on her Facebook page:


“I just need you people to know. I appreciate the well wishes and love, but this is the work of God. I am a vessel! Glory to the most high! I’m glad I’m alive and safe. And that there were no casualties that I have witnessed first hand.”

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About The Author Samantha Callender

Samantha Callender is a multimedia journalist whose work ranges from entertainment journalism to pieces highlighting social issues in multicultural communities. Samantha strives to find intersects between entertainment and social matters, believing that pop culture has the power to not only entertain the masses, but to educate them as well. Her goal when storytelling is to write pieces that serve as a catalyst to prompt dialogue and activism. Her work can be seen on VIBE, The Source, Jet Magazine, The Root, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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