Civil rights leaders hold hands as they lead a crowd of hundreds of thousands at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington DC, August 28, 1963.
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Making Dayton’s voices heard: Southwest Ohio’s part in key marches on Washington

History was made in Washington D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963, when thousands of Americans came together for a political rally known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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This rally was made up of more than 200,000 people who gathered to protest the racial injustice prevalent at this time.  

On Saturday, one day after the Inauguration Day for Donald Trump, men and women from across the Miami Valley will join thousands for the Woman’s March on Washington

Progressives are hoping the march will spark an effective, nationwide, grassroots resistance to what they fear will be a Republican rollback of progress for women, minorities, the LGBT community, the environment and health care coverage, they said.

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Here is a look back at some previous marches in Washington and southwest Ohioans’ participation over the years. Click the title for a full article from that time: 

April 25, 1993: March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, And Bi equal rights and liberation

At least 300 Dayton-area and about 3,000 Ohioans are expected to march in the demonstration.

The purpose of the demonstration? To convince politicians that gays and lesbians need federal protections against discrimination; to hold President Clinton to his pledge to eliminate the military's ban on gays; and to motivate marchers to fight locally for gay rights measures.

Oct. 12, 1995: Million Man March

Black men from across America, including a contingent from the Springfield area, took part in the One Million Man March. 

Joining the gathering were Springfield Mayor Dale Henry, members of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Muhammad Mosque No. 71 and other local organizations.

Jan. 18, 2003: National March on Washington: No War on Iraq

Nearly 100 Miami Valley residents, including more than 50 Yellow Springs High School students, were part of the crowd on the National Mall for the antiwar march that drew tens of thousands of people.

Bundled and buoyant, legions of protesters marched on the nation’s frigid capital seeking to prevent a war with Iraq. No blood for oil, they chanted, their breath visible in the winter air. 

April 25, 2004: March for Women’s Lives 

When a thousand Miami Valley residents joined the tens of thousands of abortion rights supporters, they were highlighting what Molly Galvin called the subtle and quiet erosion of reproductive rights.

“Our buses are full,” Galvin said, referring to the 141 people riding three charter buses that left for the District from Lot 20 at Wright State University, behind the Nutter Center, about midnight Saturday.

Oct. 2, 2010: One Nation Working Together March for Jobs, Peace, and Justice

Dayton activists took their places among tens of thousands of people from labor, civil rights and other organizations who marched Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial in support of Democrats struggling to keep power on Capitol Hill.

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