Earlier tonight, I blogged about the bizarre experience of listening to Canadian opera singers perform an ode to the Lord Jesus all the while several hundred people shut down a main Washington, D.C., thoroughfare to protest gross racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system. Here now, the photographic record of the day.
The demonstration began at 4 p.m. with fewer then 50 people at the U.S. Department of Justice.
As night fell, the growing crowd made its way down Constitution Avenue, where it went on to stage a series of "die-ins" at various intersections in the vicinity of the White House.
Eventually the marchers wended their way up 14th Street, through Chinatown, and to the steps of the courthouse at Judiciary Square. From there, an organizer with a bullhorn announced they were going to shut down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the John A. Wilson Building, home of the D.C. government.
When I finally headed for home around 9 p.m., the protesters were still at it, having pledged to continue marching, shutting down as many streets as possible in their quest for justice.
UPDATE: Former Reason intern Ford Fischer captured this video of the marchers moving the protest into the lobby of D.C.'s Grand Hyatt Hotel until police are called:
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