Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., center, leads a group of civil rights workers and Selma black people in prayer on Feb. 1, 1965 in Selma, Alabama after they were arrested on charges of parading without a permit. More than 250 persons were arrested as they marched to the Dallas County courthouse as part of a voter registration drive. (AP Photo/BH)

“Kneeling is both an act of defiance and resistance, but also of reverence, of mourning, but also honoring lives lost. It is also simple and clear. Its simplicity gave it symbolic power, and as we see now, its power persists.”

Chad Williams, the chairman of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University

Protesters kneel outside the Flatiron Building in Manhattan on Monday, evoking a gesture with powerful resonance in these times. Credit…Demetrius Freeman for The New York Times

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