13 june 1968 & poor people's campaign activists link disabilities and hunger
#OTD 13 June 1968 Poor People's Campaign activists protested in front of the Department of Agriculture building (14th & Independence Ave, SW). The protest was part of a continuous effort to bring attention to the pervasiveness of hunger in the U.S. A number of protesters linked physical disabilities and hunger.
The activists in the above photo are carrying signs that state:
"Blind People Are Hungry Too"
"Handicapped People Are Hungry"
The signs in the above photo state:
"End Poverty in America"
And, as always, the police was ever present.
Your comments are welcome below. Did you, a family member or neighbor participate in the protest? Do you remember reading about it in the newspaper or watching it on tv? Had you thought about the link between disability and hunger before? Do you recognize anyone in the photos? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy of Library of Congress, U.S. News & World Report, 13 June 1968. Photographer MST-TOH. LC-U9-19256. There are other images of the protest in this collection. They are available in cabinets in the Prints and Photographs Division.