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A moving photo of a mother and her son taken during a Black Lives Matter protest has gone viral on social media.
On May 30, photographer Amber Marie Green grabbed her camera and headed to the anti-racism protest in Chicago, Il to take photos.
Green told Good Morning America (GMA) she had awoken at 5 a.m. and felt the need to head towards the Chicago Federal Building.
“I got there right before people started gathering,” Green said, before the street would be filled with thousands of people holding signs emblazoned with “Black Lives Matter.”
“I was snapping away and I saw a woman driving a car. I looked in the backseat and I saw a mother, holding her son, encouraging the baby to look at protesters with tears running down her face.We locked eyes, raised our fists and gave a nod. We both knew,” she told GMA.
Green shared the photos to Facebook and said that the image of the woman in the backseat holding her son brought her to tears.
“As a mother of a black boy myself, I knew exactly what her tears meant,” Green wrote in her post. “I don’t know this woman, yet our tears speak the same language of anger, pain, and yes, fear for our sons. But yet we were both out there ready to fight for ours sons.”
The post, to date, has been shared more than 145,000 times. Through tagging, the woman in the photos was identified as 24-year-old D’Asia Hervey — she is pictured holding her eight-month-old son, Matthew.
In a separate interview with TODAY, Hervey said she wanted her son to witness everything that the protesters were doing to help him grow up in a safer world.
“I told him to look at what everybody was doing for his future,” said Hervey. “And then, my mom was like, ‘Look, Matthew, this is for you — this is so people can understand that you are not a threat when you're walking down the street.’”
Hervey’s mother, Stephanie Woodall-Wilson, was the victim of police brutality in the ‘90s. Woodall-Wilson said she had just dropped her children off at their babysitter’s house when she was “attacked by three cops for just driving by them.”
Woodall-Wilson, who has four adult children, said she was always fearful for the safety of her children. Now, she hopes the injustices will spur younger generations to involve themselves in politics.
“I was walking in the protest yelling at the young people,” said Woodall-Wilson. “‘Run for office! Change those old seats! Change those old ideas! Change that old money! Get out there, get your education and run for congress, because if you don't you're going to have old, traditional ways trying to mold a country that is now flourishing with new ideas.’”
Hervey hopes Green’s photos will help convey the very real fear that mothers of black children, specifically black sons live with.
“I want him to know that being black shouldn't make you a target, but unfortunately it will,” said Hervey. “I don't like that one day I'm going to have to tell him how to act with the police, but I also don't want everyone telling him that all cops are bad because it's not all cops, it's certain ones.”