Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and a great excuse to look back on some of the first protests of Generation X, including the first time Gen-Xers marched in Washington. The year was 1972 and the event was called the Children’s March for Survival.
Today’s Daily Photo features children who attended the event. They look so cold all huddled together in their winter coats. It got down to 28 degrees in Washington D.C. that day. The high was only 39. They were committed to their cause along with the mothers who carried them there. Please click here to read more about Gen X protests and the 1972 Children’s March for Survival.
There’s too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There’s far too many of you dying
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today…
Picket lines and picket signs
Don’t punish me with brutality
Talk to me, so you can see
Oh, what’s going on
What’s going on
Ya, what’s going on
Ah, what’s going on
–Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On, 1971
May the peace of our Lord be with you today and forever.