9 july 1968 & 50 poor peoples campaign activists march to capitol from mt carmel baptist church
#OTD 9 July 1968 Poor People's Campaign & former Resurrection City residents march from Mt. Carmel Baptist Church (901 3rd St NW) to the Capitol to continue the work to end poverty. According to the Evening Star, 50 individuals marched from Mt. Carmel, a PPC mobilization center, to the Capitol before noon. They were met by police officers who tried to disperse them, stating that it was against the law to demonstrate on Capitol grounds. About 18 individuals ignored the police, continued singing "We Shall Overcome" and "Johnson You Can't Jail Us All," as tourists looked on and took photographs. Six women, five men and seven teens were arrested and jailed, joining others who had been imprisoned in the past few weeks.
Notice the poster held by one of the marchers: I Have A Dream... ONE AMERICA
Your comments are welcome below. Do you recognize the marchers? Did you, family members and neighbors participate in the march? Were you arrested? Were you a member of Mt Carmel Baptist Church? Were you a tourist? Did you take photographs? Do you still have them? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy DC Public Library Special Collections. Evening Star Photo Collection. 9 July 1968. Bernie Boston, photographer.
"Capitol Police Balk Attempt to Demonstrate,," Evening Star 9 July 1968. The headline placed in large, bold letters under the masthead stated: 18 SEIZED As Poor March Again