Oakland, Calif., vigil for Sandra Bland

oakland_0806Over a hundred people gathered at Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland, Calif., on July 24 for a “Say Her Name” vigil for the murder of Sandra Bland and countless others. Convened by the Ella Baker Center, it was organized as a speakout against state violence. After introductory remarks and poetry by the poet Camara Brown, the vigil became an open mic for any of the Black women in attendance who wanted to speak. One after another, about 20 Black women made moving presentations about how white supremacy and state violence has affected their lives and their loved ones. In the photo, Brown, on the left, emcees the speakout.

Photo: Kelly Johnson