These photos show why 2020 was an unprecedented year for social activism

Protesters hold their fists in the air while marching past a mural with George Floyds last words during a march to the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 20, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Monday night marked 54 days of protests in Portland following the death of George Floyd in police custody. (Photo by Nathan Howard)
Protesters hold their fists in the air while marching past a mural with George Floyds last words during a march to the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 20, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Monday night marked 54 days of protests in Portland following the death of George Floyd in police custody. (Photo by Nathan Howard) (Getty Images)

In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 might go down as the year of social activism and protests.

The deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and others sparked a movement -- as people flooded the streets and attended rallies, demanding racial justice. Others defended police and made their voices heard as well, while the election brought activism to the forefront, as well.

This year produced some gripping images that will most certainly go down in history.

Here are some photos of social activism around the country in 2020.


Protesters clash with Washington D.C. police at Black Lives Matter Plaza on Dec. 12. Protesters who refuse to accept that President-elect Joe Biden won the election are rallying ahead of the electoral college vote to make Trump's 306-to-232 loss official. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis). (Getty Images)
Black Lives Matter protesters hold shields as they stand next to a small fire during a protest following the “Million MAGA March” from Freedom Plaza to the Supreme Court on Nov. 14 in Washington, D.C. Supporters of Trump gathered to protest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis). (Getty Images)
Hundreds of protesters carry signs as they walk past Grand Central Station in Manhattan, New York in support of Black women. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis) (Getty Images)

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