(RNS) — In recent days, pastors, priests, imams, rabbis and other faith leaders have joined protests against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. They’ve handed out water and provided medical care and other support for protesters, been tear-gassedprayed, marched in the streets and declared that Black Lives Matter

In doing so, they followed in the footsteps of clergy and ordinary believers who marched for civil rights and for equal rights for women, demanded an end to poverty and the Vietnam War, and denounced the use of nuclear arms. 

A look at some historic protests, from the archives of Religion News Service:

Religious participation in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

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