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Rage, Disbelief, Love & Peace

Signs and slogans that have been taken to the streets in resistance, from civil rights movement marches to today’s spontaneous anti-ban protests

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Burt Glinn Two young protestors rest outside the convention hall during the turbulent 1968 Democratic National Convention. Illinois, Chicago, USA. 1968. © Burt Glinn | Magnum Photos
Dennis Stock Protesters outside the trial of the accused spies Julius and Ethel Rosenburg. New York City, USA. 1951. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos
Eve Arnold Migratory potato pickers. Long Island, USA. 1960. © Eve Arnold | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco Cesar Chavez, leader of the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), picketing outside of a farm to urge workers to join in the fight for better wages and workers' rights. California, USA. 1966. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Protesters along the picket line. New York, USA. 1963. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Crowds in front of the Washington Monument during the March on Washington for jobs and racial equality. Washington, D.C., USA. August 28, 1963. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson A young African American man with the word VOTE on his forehead during a march from Selma to Montgomery, led by Martin Luther King Jr., to fight for black suffrage. Alabama, USA. 1965. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson The Great Freedom March. Martin Luther King Jr. leads a group of marchers from Selma to Montgomery to fight for black suffrage. Along with the hostile bystanders, they found a few supporters of the (...)
Hiroji Kubota A demonstration against the draft. New York City, NY. 1965. © Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri Anti-Vietnam war protesters holding their posters outside the White House. Washington, D.C., USA. 1969. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Burt Glinn Gay Liberation Rally. New York City, NY, USA. 1970. © Burt Glinn | Magnum Photos
Leonard Freed An Anti-Vietnam War rally at the National Mall. Washington, D.C., USA. 1971. © Leonard Freed | Magnum Photos
Leonard Freed A young supporter at the Million Youth March. New York City, USA. 1998. © Leonard Freed | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco A twelve-foot-high Uncle Sam addressed the crowds on a hill overlooking the Vietnam Veterans Memorial prior to the start of the march rallying against the war in Iraq. Washington, D.C., USA. Octob (...)
Alex Webb More than 125,000 people march down Broadway to demonstrate against the war in Iraq. New York City, NY, USA. March 22, 2003. © Alex Webb | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Protestors march down Broadway to Washington Square Park during a demonstration against the Iraq War. New York City, USA. March 22, 2003. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco A demonstration on the anniversary of the US led invasion of Iraq. New York City, USA. March 20, 2004. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Christopher Anderson A protest by Hezbollah supporters at the UN offices. Beirut, Lebanon. July, 2006. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Parliament square the day after Britain voted to leave the EU. London, UK. June 24, 2016. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Thomas Dworzak A protest in Manhattan the day after Donald Trump was elected 45th President of the US and defeated Hillary Clinton. New York, NY, USA. November 9, 2016. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Senator Bernie Sander’s delegates protest on the floor of the DNC. Philadelphia, PA, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Protestors outside the DNC. Philadelphia, PA, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas The Republican National Convention. Cleveland, OH, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas In the Public Square outside of the Republican National Convention. Cleveland, OH, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Larry Towell A Sioux protest camp. Cannon Ball, North Dakota, USA. September, 2016. © Larry Towell | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Bernie Sanders supporters protest at the Democratic National Convention. Philadelphia has a population of 1,526,006 and 26.7% live below the poverty level. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 2016. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti Catalina watching the results start coming in last night. This morning she woke up crying, scared, and asking why. Jim and I are struggling to give her answers, and not to show how frightened we ar (...)
Thomas Dworzak A protest in Manhattan the day after Donald Trump was elected 45th President of the US and defeated Hillary Clinton. New York, NY, USA. November 9, 2016. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
Thomas Dworzak A protest in Manhattan the day after Donald Trump was elected 45th President of the US and defeated Hillary Clinton. New York, NY, USA. November 9, 2016. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
Thomas Dworzak A protest in Manhattan, that began in Union Square and traveled up 5th Avenue to Trump Tower, against the election of Donald Trump. NYC, USA. November 13, 2016. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
Larry Towell A water protector sign on the banks of the Missouri River. Standing Rock, North Dakota, USA. November 18, 2016. © Larry Towell | Magnum Photos
Larry Towell Members of the Indigenous Environmental Network demonstrate outside of the Hotel Monaco, the location of a gala being funded by the oil industry, the Coke Brothers and Phillips 66. A number of thes (...)
Matt Stuart Protesters at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) responding to President Trump's immigration order. Los Angeles, USA. 2017. © Matt Stuart | Magnum Photos
Matt Stuart Signage made by protesters at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in response to President Trump's immigration order. Los Angeles, USA. 2017. © Matt Stuart | Magnum Photos
Matt Stuart Protesters at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) responding to President Trump's immigration order. Los Angeles, USA. 2017. © Matt Stuart | Magnum Photos

They say actions speak louder than words; a mantra that swells the streets with a physical manifestation of people’s resistance. But the homemade signs people carry with them on protests capture nuances of feeling amongst the crowd. Heartfelt, ironic, humorous, or straight talking, the sentiments they carry range from rage, disbelief, to love and peace. Magnum photographers have borne witness to some of the most important political protests in living memory, from the civil rights marches of the 1960s, to the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protests and anti-Trump activity of late, as well as numerous anti-war marches over the decades. Here, we present a gallery of images that focus on the signs people use to protest with, from anti-segregation in the 1960s to the anti immigration-ban protests of 2017.