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The Civil Rights Activist Whose Life Was Forever Changed by Tear Gas

Patricia Stephens Due wore dark glasses for much of her life after being gassed during a peaceful march in 1960

Since the beginning of June, when protests in support of Black Lives Matter began to sweep the nation, police have used tear gas in at least 100 cities, from Asheville, North Carolina, to Wichita, Kansas. Protestors have reported a wide range of medical effects, from the immediacy of burning eyes and throats to long-term effects…




Momentum is a blog that captures and reflects the moment we find ourselves in, one where rampant anti-Black racism is leading to violence, trauma, protest, reflection, sorrow, and more. Momentum doesn’t look away when the news cycle shifts.

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Michelle Legro

Michelle Legro

Deputy Editor, GEN. Previously an editor for Topic, Longreads, The New Republic, and Lapham’s Quarterly.

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