Marching Down Fifth Avenue

Jade Earle, The Root

On Father's Day 2012 (June 17), dads, sons and other concerned citizens from across New York City marched silently to protest the city police department's stop-and-frisk policy, which overwhelmingly targets African Americans and Latinos. Led by Al Sharpton, NAACP's Benjamin Todd Jealous and NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman, plus Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's father, the silent protest march began in Harlem, with the goal of ending at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's mansion, located on 79th Street in Manhattan. The Root took these pictures as events unfolded.

NAACP President Speaks Out

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NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous explained why they organized this Father's Day march.

Dick Gregory Weighs In

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Comedian and longtime activist Gregory spoke with The Root's Brett Johnson about what inspired him to join the demonstration.

Vets Join the Cause

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Veterans for Peace was among the organizations whose members came out to protest stop-and-frisk practices.

A Pause to Pray

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Marchers take a moment for prayer as they head toward their destination.

Passing 85th Street

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Silent marchers pass 85th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, moving along the edge of Central Park toward Mayor Bloomberg's mansion.