We Can’t Breathe

Framed Photograph  |  37.5″ x 48″

ARTIST: Kai Lendzion
We all watched as Eric Garner pleaded for breath in a chokehold that took his life on July 17th, 2014. Our 2015 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, commemorated the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. When Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, came out to speak, she was overpowered by thousands chanting “I Can’t Breathe.” Over and over for 5 minutes, until our voices were coarse and faces were covered in tears. We couldn’t have imagined what would take place on May 25th, 2020 that would resurface this phrase into a movement. 56 years after state troopers clubbed protestors and fatally shot 26-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson in Selma, AL, Black men are still over three times as likely as white people to be killed during a police encounter.