16 jan 1968 & anti-war march take 2 w/ charlotte bunch
#OTD Tuesday 16 January 1968 Charlotte Bunch, white, was still reeling from the excitement of the anti-war march that took place yesterday. At the march, she was introduced to others living in DC who were anti-war activists and she was introduced to radical feminist organizing.
According to Bunch, "There were radical feminists from New York who had their own demonstration during the march, where they spoke out about violence against women. They asked march participants why they were talking about violence in Vietnam and not about violence against women in the U.S."
After the march, Bunch and Marilyn Salzman, white, formed a small group of primarily white New Left activists and together they organized one of the first women's discussion groups that led to the DC Women's Liberation Movement. "The group spent most of the winter and spring convincing ourselves that women's oppression is real, discussing our own problems with marriages, families, work, and beginning an analysis of the roles and oppression of women."
There will be more stories throughout the year about the DC Women's Liberation Movement.
Your comments are welcome below. Were you a member of this early consciousness raising group? Have you seen photographs of the counter demonstrations within the march? Do you recognize the individuals in the photograph? You may also comment privately here.
Note on photograph: I love this photo of anti-war activist Coretta Scott King at the march. I have not found images of the individuals engaged in counter demonstrations w/in the march. At the same time, I think it's important to hold this image in dialogue with Charlotte Bunch and her collaborators.
Photo source: Courtesy DCPL Special Collections. Bernie Boston, photographer.
Interview with Charlotte Bunch, 2017.
DC Women's Liberation Movement, "Ourstory, Herstory: A Working Paper on the DC Women's Liberation Movement, 1968-1971," 21 May 1971. Courtesy Charlotte Bunch