Renée Deemer is a photojournalist and portrait photographer currently pursuing a master's degree in the Multimedia, Photography and Design program at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Marching for 40 days straight results in sore feet, dehydration and doubts, but also a renewed sense of community, self-reflection, and most importantly – a sense of purpose and potential social change.
The murder of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020 sparked a new round of outrage and demonstrations across the country and the world, demanding accountability for police brutality against people of color.
In Syracuse, New York, a new and nimble grassroots group, Last Chance for Change, sprung up immediately to create a visible and vocal presence with the goal to march for racial justice for 40 consecutive days.
Mainstream media coverage tends to portray demonstrators as a monolith. However, each person who demonstrates does so with a unique background, impetus and hopes. Their individuality intersects with others to make a unified force, but each individual is a force in themselves.