Placard reading "community control of police now" used at Baltimore protests

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Created by
Peoples Power Assemblies, American
ink on paper and metal, masking tape on wood
H x W x D: 47 1/2 × 17 1/2 × 1/4 in. (120.7 × 44.5 × 0.6 cm)
placards (information artifacts)
Place used
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
April 2015
This placard demands community control of the police and states that black lives matter. One side of the placard reads [community / control / of / POLICE! / NOW]. The word "community" is written in black; "control" is written in red and blue and in cursive; "police" is written in blue; "now" is written in black and red block letters and is underlined twice. The other side of the placard is white with black repeating text that reads [BLACK / LIVES / MATTER / BLACK / LIVES / MATTER]. The poster board used for this side of the placard is larger than the other side. The placard is torn and the bottom and worn from use. The bottom half of the wooden handle is covered in masking tape.
African American
Civil rights
Local and regional
Race relations
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Sharon Marie Black
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
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National Museum of African American History and Culture

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