The stirring street theater of Black Lives Matter in DC (photos)

Creativity and signs of the times as thousands protest police brutality and racial injustice.

Photo by Malcolm Lewis Barnes for DC Metro Theater Arts.

The sheer creativity and inventiveness of the protesters was on full display at every turn as they each seemed to come prepared with energy and a message.

Photo by Malcolm Lewis Barnes for DC Metro Theater Arts.

As if re-experiencing What to Send Up When It Goes Down (Woolly Mammoth’s breakout 2019 ritual about police violence and the endless list of young Black lives that have been lost), the young protesters were there collectively as a chorus to send up the names of victims of police violence.

Photo by Malcolm Lewis Barnes for DC Metro Theater Arts.

A 1,000-car caravan drove from Union Station past the Atlas Theater (home of Mosaic Theater) and filled H Street with even more vivid, creative, and moving messages before the first full weekend of protests.

Photo by Malcolm Lewis Barnes for DC Metro Theater Arts.

A major message resonating through the crowd was the desire of the protesters to eliminate funding for police departments as rumors circulated that Mayor Bowser was proposing an $80-million increase.

Photo by Malcolm Lewis Barnes for DC Metro Theater Arts.

Amplifying the defund-police message was the equally compelling message of holding officers accountable.

Photo by Malcolm Lewis Barnes for DC Metro Theater Arts.

The diversity of messengers seemed to be unlimited as this Black Lesbian made her presence felt in technicolor.

Photo by Malcolm Lewis Barnes for DC Metro Theater Arts.

The most surprising protester in the crowd was a white senior citizen demanding the death penalty for the Minneapolis police officers charged with murder.

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