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Ieshia Evans, a mother and nurse from New York, was arrested by police for impeding traffic. As other protestors backed away from the armed police, Evan stood alone, ethereal and calm as she was handcuffed.

The photograph will no doubt go down in the 21st century as an important piece of social history, much like the haunting image of Phan Thị Kim Phúc OOnt the nine-year-old girl Nick Ut captured running naked on a road after being severely burned in a napalm attack in South Vietnam.

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The photograph of Evans also bears resemblance to French photojournalist Marc Riboud's Flower Child, Pentagon in which he captured 17 year old Jan Rose Kasmir engaging with soldiers carrying sheathed bayonets during one of the largest anti-Vietnam war marches at the Pentagon on October 21, 1967.

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Artists, including Shepard Fairey, have responded in support to Ieshia by recreating the photograph. In a blog on his website posted on July 11, the Obey Giant street artist explained: ''On Friday I was too stunned, dizzy, and filled with emotion over last week's violence from, and toward the police, to properly articulate my feelings.''

He went on to write: ''...what strikes me is the stark difference between the cultures of the police and activist groups such as Black Lives Matter. I want to make it crystal clear that I’m anti-violence, not anti-police, but I’m vehemently pro-justice.''

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