Gloria Richardson, silenced no more, speaks on women and the 1963 March on Washington

“Fifty years ago this week, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, A Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin and other civil rights leaders spoke at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. But where were the female civil rights activists?” Amy Goodman asked and answered that question on this morning’s Democracy NOW! when she interviewed Gloria Richardson, Co-founder of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee in Maryland.

Richardson, now 91, was on the program to speak at the March, but after saying “hello” to the crowd, the microphone was taken away from her. From her interview with Goodman, it’s not hard to see why. Richardson isn’t one to hold her tongue, and included with her critiques of the original march, she has biting words for the commemoration, President Obama, and the current crop of black leadership. It’s voices like Richardson’s, too often marginalized, that keep a movement honest, and 50 years later, it’s good to hear what she has to say.

The full transcript can be found here. 

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