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Marching for the poor

Throughout the month of June, photographer J.M. Giordano documented Maryland’s Poor People’s Campaign movement, which is part of a national call for moral revival. He documented arrests in Annapolis to the national rally in Washington D.C. for the 50th anniversary of the original march in 1968.

Maryland’s action is one of the 30 held nationwide over a six-week period. Over the course of the month, marchers in Annapolis and Baltimore held rallies to call attention to rises in minimum wages, environmental activism, and protests against the military establishment.

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“I chose to cover the campaign in black and white, which was how photojournalists 50 years ago covered it, “ Giordano said. “And since it wasn’t an assignment, I could shoot it in a style more like my personal work.”

A young protester holds up a "Black Lives Matter" sign at the Maryland Poor People's Campaign rally in Baltimore's McKeldin Square.
A young protester holds up a "Black Lives Matter" sign at the Maryland Poor People's Campaign rally in Baltimore's McKeldin Square. (J.M. Giordano)
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