14 september 1968 & #flashbackfriday my mom and dad want to vote
#OTD-ish 14 September 1968 #flashbackfriday Father and son—who are Free D.C. Movement activists, walk along H St NE to convince business owners to display Free D.C. stickers in their windows to show support. The Free D.C. movement, founded in 1966, focused on “home rule” for residents, the ability to elect its own representatives, including a city council and a mayor. In 1966, the city was governed by a presidentially-appointed three-member commissioner system.
The young male carries a poster stating, ““My Mom and Dad Want to Vote.” If you look closely to the left of the poster, you will see that they were successful in getting a business owner to place a sticker in their business.
Your comments are welcome below. Do you, family members or neighbors remember the Free D.C. Movement? Do you recognize the individuals in this photograph? Did you know that Marion Barry was a leader in the movement? Were you involved in the movement? Did you have a business that displayed the sticker? Do you have a copy of the sticker and/or a photograph of your business with the sticker affixed? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy DC Public Library. Evening Star Newspaper Photograph Collection. 13 March 1966. Photographer unknown.