Hundreds of protesters march after hearing speakers outside of the Boone County Courthouse on Sunday, June 7, 2020, in Columbia, Missouri. Attendees went around Downtown Columbia holding signs and shouting chants like “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace”.
Since the death of George Floyd, the United States has seen citizens from everywhere protest in response to the police brutality suffered by the Black population. In Columbia, Missouri, this was not different, people of every kind united to protest for social justice. The police tried to respond by helping protesters march around the city and saying that they supported the cause. However, after seen that the marches were not going to stop, they gave up. Columbia has not seen a lot of violence or conflict as many other cities in the U.S. have. In the only day that it happened, two people got hit by two different cars, and a group, outside of the regular peaceful protesters, broke a Walgreens front door. After almost 2 months, Missouri Governor Mike Parson came to the city to talk about a law to help reduce violent crime. Even though he said he would, Gov. Parson never talked to Columbia activists about the city issues.
Roy Lovelady shouts into a megaphone while marching on Sunday, June 7, 2020, in Columbia, Missouri. Lovelady is a local business owner, he helps organizing and leading peaceful protests for “People’s Defense”, a Columbia social justice group.
From a building, people watch in support of protesters blocking the intersection of East Broadway and North Eighth Street on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Columbia, Missouri. Many police officers joined by the end of the rally to show support and listen to the activists.
Rally attendees march around town on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Columbia, Missouri. During the whole summer, in every protest, marchers would try to reach different neighborhoods with the intention of impacting different places with their voices.
Protesters stop to kneel and lay down for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the same amount of time that police officers held George Floyd to the ground before he was killed, at the intersection of Locus St. and Providence Road on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Downtown Columbia, Missouri. It became really common throughout the summer for cars to help block the traffic for kneeling and speeches.
A policer officer looks at a blocked Providence Road on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Columbia, Missouri. The crowd gathered to protest at the intersection between Providence Road and West Broadway, the same place where two people were hit by cars the night before.
A rock lays on the floor of the Walgreens at the intersection of West Broadway and Providence Road on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Columbia, Missouri. A group outside of the large one of protesters had waited for others to leave and start marching so they could break the store, which was discussed and opposed by the march leaders on the same night.
Anna Knipfel is helped by protesters and police officers after being hit by a car on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Columbia, Missouri. Knipfel was trying to block the intersection of Providence Road and Broadway, near the Downtown area, where protesters had done the same thing on the night before.
Sterling Brown tells other rally attendees to point at a police drone on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at the intersection of East Broadway and North Eighth Street, in Columbia, Missouri. Brown had been an impactful voice in the Columbia protests, on many instances he made sure that the police would hear him.
Marchers stop to kneel and lay down to protest around the Columbia Police Department on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Downtown Columbia, Missouri. Since the marches were against police brutality, the building became an often stop for rallies.
Rally goers lay down in protest around the Columbia Police Department on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Columbia, Missouri. They marched around downtown, heading to Francis Quadrangle on the MU campus and Providence Road before they finally got to Walnut Street and ended their walk in front of the Columbia Police Department.
Members of University of Missouri’s Black Student Athlete Association kneel in silence on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, at Faurot Field, in Columbia, Missouri. The group organized the event “March with Mizzou”, a call for justice against police brutality towards Black Americans. Participants walked from Francis Quadrangle to Faurot Field where they stopped for speeches.
Protesters hold up signs in front of the Council Chamber while Missouri Governor Mike Parson meets with city workers on Thursday, July 23, 2020, inside city hall, in Columbia, Missouri. Parson was in Columbia to discuss a special session on violent crime with city officers. When asked if he planned to meet local protesters in Columbia, Parson said, "I don't have a problem with meeting any of them."
Rally attendees kneel while holding up protest signs on Thursday, July 23, inside city hall, in Columbia, Missouri. The crowd held the signs in silence and hummed songs. The protest was organized by the group “People’s Defense”, and more than 50 people marched from Flat Branch Park to city hall.
Markiez Smith looks at the crowd of protesters while speeches are made on Sunday, June 7, 2020, outside of the Boone County Courthouse, in Columbia, Missouri. Smith was one of the organizers of the biggest march of the summer, with more than 1,000 attendees, including local organizations and businesses.