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mako fitts ward

Mako Fitts Ward

Mako Fitts Ward, PhD is a clinical assistant professor and faculty head of African and African American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She is the co-editor of Teaching to Survive: Social Justice Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic (DIO Press, Inc., forthcoming December 2020). Ward is the co-founder of Women Who Rock, a digital archive project at the University of Washington and activist committed to documenting the role of women in popular music and cultural movements. She has been a contributing writer for Huffington PostThe Conversation and Ms. and has published popular and scholarly essays on body ethics and aesthetics among women of color, Black women’s images in popular culture, gentrification and cultural displacement and women’s political organizing. You can find her on Twitter @makofittsward.

Demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd in downtown Washington, DC on June 1, 2020.

The Power of the Intersectional Protest Image

In an age of hashtag activism and partisan news, social media offers possibilities for intersectional movements to reimagine images of Black protest.