This was 2020. A year of political upheaval and social justice activism, along with a pandemic that didn’t quit — but guess what? We didn’t either. Black lives from everywhere came together, even if it was symbolically for a cause greater than ourselves in this year of change, triumph, trauma, grief, joy, healing, and resolve. Here are a few memorable moments of 2020 from Essence who has the scoop below:
KENOSHA, WI – AUGUST 26: LASIYA LAKES, 4, RAISES HER FIST IN THE AIR WHILE CHANTING BLACK LIVES MATTER ON AUGUST 26, 2020 IN KENOSHA, WISCONSIN. AS THE CITY DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY CURFEW, A FOURTH NIGHT OF CIVIL UNREST OCCURRED AFTER THE SHOOTING OF JACOB BLAKE, 29, ON AUGUST 23. VIDEO SHOT OF THE INCIDENT APPEARS TO SHOW BLAKE SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES IN THE BACK BY WISCONSIN POLICE OFFICERS WHILE ATTEMPTING TO ENTER THE DRIVERS SIDE OF A VEHICLE. THE 29-YEAR-OLD BLAKE WAS UNDERGOING SURGERY FOR A SEVERED SPINAL CORD, SHATTERED VERTEBRAE AND SEVERE DAMAGE TO ORGANS, ACCORDING TO THE FAMILY ATTORNEYS IN PUBLISHED ACCOUNTS. (PHOTO BY BRANDON BELL/GETTY IMAGES)
Danielle Outlaw: Philadelphia’s Police Commissioner Is A Black Woman For The First Time
Outlaw will take over a department that has been filled with sexual harassment complaints and racial discrimination.<
#FreeThemAll: Freedom, Finally, For MOVE 9
At the core, MOVE’s story is about trying to be free in a nation accustomed to Black subjugation and being met with the full, violent force of the state.
Trump Acquitted Of Impeachment Charges, Will Remain In Office
The final vote was along partisan lines—52-48 favoring acquittal on the abuse of power article, and 53-47 favoring acquittal on the obstruction of Congress article.
All Eyes On Oakland: Moms 4 Housing Continues To Fight
In Oakland, a city striving for Black liberation, showcases the glaring structural violence that has plagued this community.
Bloomberg Regains His Memory On Exonerated Five: ‘I Believe These Men Were In Jail For A Crime They Did Not Commit’
When CBS News reporter Tim Perry asked Bloomberg on Monday if his position had changed since his administration dedicated resources to fighting against the Exonerated Five’s civil suit, he responded that he had “no idea.”
‘CAREN’ Act: San Francisco Supervisors Unanimously Vote To Ban Racially Motivated 9-1-1 Calls
Supervisors will vote again on the measure, which was introduced in July, next week. If passed, it will be sent to the desk of Mayor London Breed to be signed into law.
#ShutItAllDown: Namibia Police Use Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets To Disperse Gender-Based Violence Protests
Protests, which began after authorities discovered the body of 22-year-old Shannon Wasserfall, continued for the third day in Namibia to fight back against femicide, sexual violence, and abuse.
Black Detroit Voters Sue Trump Campaign, Claim Attempted Mass Voter Suppression
“No more,” the lawsuit states. “The Voting Rights Act of 1965 flatly prohibits Defendants’ efforts to disenfranchise Black people and assault our Republic.”
Honestie Hodges, Young Girl Held At Gunpoint By Grand Rapids Police In 2017, Dies Of COVID-19
“My beautiful, sassy, smart loving granddaughter has gone home to be with Jesus.”
Miami-Dade Street Renamed In Honor Of Trayvon Martin
“Just to have my son’s name on the street, it’s heartfelt,” Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, said at the street renaming ceremony.
A New World Is Possible: Defund Police And Fund Black Lives
The Movement for Black Lives calls for defunding the police to release urgently-needed community resources to realize real public safety.
Kamala Harris’ Historic Win Brings Hope, Power To Black Women After Four Hard Years
Black women have historically dared to challenge white supremacy and were long kept from ascending to the heights of power because of it. Harris’ appointment has been a project in building power nearly 400 years in the making. And we’re not done.
Election 2020: ‘Cori Bush Is Going To Congress’
She becomes first Black congresswoman of Missouri’s 1st Congressional District. “To the people of St Louis, this is for you,” Bush said.