nneapolis, sparked protests across U.S. cities and around the world. The protesters have been calling for justice for Floyd and other Black people—from Breonna Taylor to Elijah McClain—who were killed by police, an end to police brutality, a dismantling of racist systems and symbols (including
), and a greater investment in communities in need.
The protests have prompted widespread dialogue about racial injustice and the political and cultural systems that support it. The four police officers involved in the killing of Floyd have been charged with crimes related to the incident. The Minneapolis City Council has agreed to dismantle its police force and rethink how it approaches public safety. And many politicians have promised to adjust police budgets so money gets reallocated to support communities directly through improved housing, education, and mental health programs, especially in communities of color.
The tradition of protesting in the United States is older than the country itself. To understand where the Black Lives Matter demonstrations fit into this rich history, Stacker took a closer look at some of the most famous American protests in history. Research came from the New York Times, The Week, Time, and Business Insider; government archives; and information from unions and mission-driven organizations. The demonstrations that have made their mark on history range from the Boston Tea Party and Temperance prayer protests to demonstrations for modern-day issues, like civil rights, climate change, nuclear disarmament, reproductive health concerns, LGBTQ equality, and gun control.
Keep reading to learn about the important issues that motivated Americans to protest—and the impacts of those actions on our society today.[Pictured: A portrait taken during The Day Without an Immigrant protest on May 1, 2006.]
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