The Powerful Story Behind the Viral Image of Mom and Baby at Protests

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Protests have been sparking across the country due to the unjust killing of George Floyd by a police officer on May 25. While the protests can be scary, it’s important parents and parents-to-be take the time to learn how we as a country can be doing better—including having meaningful conversations with our kids about race and privilege. One black mom brought her infant son to a protest in Chicago, and now her story is going viral.

D’Asia Hervey was hesitant to protest at first, but her mother, Stephanie Woodall-Wilson, urged her to go and to bring her 7-month-old son, Matthew. Hervey became emotional when she saw the protest. She was captured with her son in a series of photographs by photographer Amber Green. The images show Hervey in the backseat of her mom’s car holding her son looking at the scene unfolding around him.

When Hervey saw the scene on the streets of her city,…

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