On Wednesday (July 1), a day after Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Department Director Michael Rallings detailed the city’s response to multiple sets of demands/suggestions/recommendations from protesters, police arrested 17 protesters after they refused to leave an encampment in front of City Hall for about two weeks. City officials said protesters were asked to leave because of construction scheduled to resume Wednesday morning. (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises)

The year called for individuals and groups of people to account for the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest and an election cycle unlike any other in the nation’s history. TSD photographers captured much of it.