Here's Why This 'Legendary' Photo From A Protest In Baton Rouge Is Going Viral

July 11, 2016

On Sunday, dozens of protesters assembled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - where a black man's life was ended by police last week.

One photo from the protest, posted on Facebook by Shaun King of the New York Daily News, has stood out over the rest.

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Photo by Jonathan Bachman of Reuters / Facebook

The photo was taken by Jonathan Bachman, a New Orleans-based photographer. The woman in the picture is Leshia Evans, standing calmly in her dress as two police officers appear to be approaching her in a hurry.

One particular comment on the post, made by Jami West, called it a legendary picture that "will be in history and art books from this time".

She wrote:

"Look at her posture. She is balanced, powerful, upright and well grounded with both feet firmly planted on the earth. Look at the line made from the crown of her head to the heels of her feet. She is only protected by the force of her own personal power.

By contrast, the officers have the transitory, temporary, protection of their equipment that will be removed at the end of their shift. They are rocked back on their heels, knocked off balance, and appear about to fall over backward, just from the power of her.

This is a legendary picture. It will be in history and art books from this time."

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