The Women’s March this year was a historic moment for D.C. as well as for many that came to experience it, including me.
On January 20, a widely controversial day in D.C. happened as our new President was sworn in. Supporters from across the country flocked into Washington, however this time around, many also came to the city for reasons other the actual inauguration. Protests covered the streets of D.C. and in all reality, a majority of them were peaceful. However, a small group of protesters had a different motive and they caused damage to be the headline of the story for most news outlets.
Tomorrow was a new day, as hundreds of thousands of women and male feminism supporters gathered in D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington. more than a million people came to the National Mall by Metro throughout the day to participate in the march. The march was heavily influenced by the by the blow-back of the president’s swearing in. Many signs were in response to him because of the media’s exposing of the anti-feminist remarks that he has been quoted for in the past. Some of the things that were said were just denigrating to women as a whole. It was because of this that so many women decided to voice their solidarity by uniting against someone who would become such an infamous figure of disrespect to women. The march was different, though; there were no violent events going on to pull all the attention away from the positivity. There was no way to miss the numerous voices of reason that rang throughout Independence Ave, including a young girl whose voice resonated with courage. This was positive and grassroots all the way, and I was all for it.
Celebrities and public figures appeared at many of the Women’s Marches across the country. Several came to D.C., including Madonna, Alicia Keys, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Moore and many others.
The masses that attended heard moving, emotional speeches during the duration of the rally. I myself din’t get a chance to see the rally stage until the end, due to the overwhelming amount of people. The march was almost cancelled due to the overflow and the inability to conduct an organized march because of said overflow. However, plan B allowed the marchers to march freely on a journey to the White House.
This had to be my greatest memory of anything that has happened in D.C. firsthand. The experience was overwhelming, the people were friendly and the atmosphere was buzzing with feelings of unity. Along with the messages about Women’s rights were messages of anti-discrimination for gender identity as well as race. This I was very proud of, being an African American male; seeing signs about the #BlackLivesMatter movement as well as signs related to the well being of all minorities from people of all colors was very warming to see. It was an experience I will never forget.
Here are some pictures that I took at the event: