Black Woman in Evening Gown Faces Police in Baton Rouge*
A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. © Jonathan Bachman / Reuters
A picture of an unarmed young black woman in a long dress, standing calmly in front of two police officers in full riot gear who arrest her during a Black Lives Matter protest has awed social media. Users called the image “legendary” and “symbolic.”
The powerful photo was taken by Reuters photographer Jonathan Bachman during the Black Lives Matter rally in the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. People had gathered to protest police brutality following the shooting of African-American Alton Sterling.
The picture was reportedly shot near police headquarters – the woman in floating dress stands right in front of two police officers in full gear. She looks calm and peaceful confronting the men who are approaching to arrest her.
Later, it was revealed that the woman’s name is Ieshia Evans and she is the mother of a five-year-old son. The woman who works as a nurse decided to take part in the protest because she wanted a better future for her child, according to social media.
The picture, in fact, captured the moment she was arrested by police. She spent 24 hours in jail, the Daily Mail reported.
“I am a vessel! Glory to the most high! I’m glad I’m alive and safe. And that there were no casualties that I have witnessed firsthand,” Evans wrote on her Facebook page following her release.
Social media users immediately called the image a symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“This is a legendary picture. It will be in history and art books from this time,” Jami West, a Facebook user wrote, while another user Danna Dennis added: “She looks so firmly planted, yet petite and small compared to them with their large armor. All that heavy gear, yet she is unmoved.”
“She stands tall, shoulders back as a testament that black lives do matter and she will not be moved… It’s such a gorgeous image and very powerful,” Shelly Burrows wrote.
“Power and beauty”, “She’s not even moving”, “Like a queen greeting peasants” were other comments on Facebook.
Bachman described to the Atlantic magazine how the woman inspired him to capture such a powerful photo.
“I had turned to look over my right shoulder, I think that I had heard this women say something about she was going to be arrested, and I saw this woman, and she was standing in the first lane in that road,” he said.