5 Powerful Examples of Positive Protest

5 Powerful Examples of Positive Protest


Recently there has been mass demonstrations of unrest for various reasons in various countries. Public demonstrations political rallies, and civil disobedience.

Baltimore city is located in the richest state in America, Maryland. Which makes it difficult to explain the income disparity in the city. Studies show that it is due to the lack of jobs, decline in the manufacturing and shipping industries.

The recent shrinking population left large sections of the city in an economic ruin. 

Nearly 24 percent of Baltimore’s population is living below the poverty line, which on average is $20,090 a year for a family of three. 

One-third of Maryland residents in the state’s prisons are from the city of Baltimore. An estimated $220 million is spent incarcerating people from 25 communities in Baltimore each year.

A peaceful protest following the death of Baltimore resident, Freddie Grey while in police custody a week after his arrest ensued it’s streets on April 25, 2015. An unplanned protest followed after the funeral service, although eventually the became marred with civil unrest and violence. “In corporate America, I feel like being from Baltimore has handicapped my expression. If you don’t know how to express yourself, this is the result,” says a Baltimore city resident and peace protester.

Nationally televised coverage sparked worldwide attention, highlighting the issue of police brutality in black communities. Baltimore natives will continue to have hope for change. 

I would want to see things improve from the initial problem; healthcare and education system, absent fathers, and lack of positive role models.

A protest in its organic state is simply about awareness. A group wants to bring awareness on an whats felt like an injustice. When voices go unheard people look for several ways to shed light on societal issues.

In the past there have been iconic and effective outcomes of positive protests, here are 5 examples of successful campaigns according to TIME Magazine:

1The March on Washington

More than 200,000 people gathered in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 to demand equal rights for African Americans. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech and roused a nation to action.

2Fists in the Air

African-American track athletes, Tommie Smith (first place) and John Carlos (third place) used their wins in Mexico City’s 1968 Olympic Games to show their opposition to the continued oppression of blacks in the U.S. They stood in black socks to represent black poverty; Carlos wore beads to symbolize black lynching; together they raised their black-gloved fists in a cry for black unity.

The silver medalist on the podium, Australian Peter Norman, wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge on his tracksuit in solidarity. It cost him a hero’s welcome upon his return home. Both Smith and Carlos were removed from the games; none of the three men ever recanted their stances.

3The Salt March

On March 12, 1930, at the age of 61, Mohandas Gandhi left his ashram with a band of 78 handpicked volunteers and headed for the sea. The Mahatma’s destination was the village of Dandi, 241 miles to the south. Once he arrived at the beach, 24 days later, Gandhi proceeded to pick up salt, the production of which was controlled by the occupying British government.

It was a simple gesture that served as the start to India’s independence movement.

4Standing Up by Sitting Down

Even though African Americans constituted some 70% of total bus ridership in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks still had trouble keeping her seat on December 1, 1955. It was against the law for her to refuse to give up her seat to a white man, and her subsequent arrest incited the Montgomery Bus Boycott. One year later, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision that made segregated seating unconstitutional.

Parks was known thereafter as the “mother of the civil-rights movement.”

5Flowers vs. Guns

From an anti-war demonstration in front of the Pentagon on October 21, 1967, organized by the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, came images that encapsulate a decade of flower power.

Not even the National Guard was a match for mellow hippies looking to push change with nothing more deadly than a few petals.

Voices continue to call for unity and peace to create systematic change for generations to see.