The background. In August, 1989 a young man named Yusef Hawkins was killed by a white man in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. This was from the first march, and was the first time "No Justice, No Peace" was chanted by a crowd.
The residents of Bensonhurst were not amused by this invasion of thousands of black folk in their streets, and there was heavy police protection along the whole route. When I took this, I was about 3 feet from Reverend Sharpton, near the front of the march.
The police protection that day worked. A year later, Rev. Sharpton was stabbed at a similar march in the same neighborhood.