Forphotographer Eli Reed, who photographed the Million Man March in 1995, taking to the streets is not just a demonstration. “To speak out and say something” is an engagement with what it means to be a human being. Organized by activist Louis Farrakhan, the Million Man March drew from a well of community-based black activism. One picture from that day shows the swarming crowds on the mall from the perspective of three men, who sit large in the frame, looking out on the momentous scene. “You know, you can do things that are subtle and say something without a lot of jumping up and down. And that was one of those kind of pictures,” says Reed. “It’s a quiet picture, but it says a lot about that day and the extent of different men from different places coming together to say something.”

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