February 7, 2023
George Floyd Memorial - A young man and woman hug each other in shared grief while the woman raises a fist.

One of the earliest known instances in the U.S. of a protester brandishing a raised fist occurred in 1913, when “Big Bill” Haywood spoke to strikers during the Paterson silk strike in New Jersey. Haywood, a founding member of the union Industrial Workers of the World, preached working-class solidarity across all races and trades.

Source: The history of the raised fist, a global symbol of fighting oppression

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/history-of-raised-fist-global-symbol-fighting-oppression by James Stout (National Geographic)

The forceful salute is intertwined with some of the 20th century’s most tumultuous events, including conflicts with fascism.

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