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Oral Histories, Food, and the 1963 March on Washington

Buses rolling into the U. S. capital in August of 1963 (Google LIFE photo archive) 
Nancy Schimmel belonged to the San Francisco chapter of the organization Women for Peace.  She and other members of the group traveled to the March on a CORE sponsored bus all the way from San Francisco, California. She remembers “the bus driver persuading us to let him take us to the Amana Colony restaurant in Iowa instead of “ a traditional bus stop. “He was so right” she recalls, because the food was terrific. The bus arrived the day before the March.  That night she and her group from San Francisco attended a dinner that the DC Women for Peace Chapter hosted. “What I remember is not the food but that the local women were not going on the march. They were afraid of violence.” Schimmmel and her San Francisco colleagues spent the night in a university dorm somewhere in or around the capital but she doesn’t recall which school it was. They ate breakfast in the cafeteria the next morning and then headed off for the site of the March.  She says, “I have no memory of eating lunch...maybe we didn't, maybe we bought sandwiches at the cafeteria to take with us.”

Food and March on Washington Series: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=March+on+washington

Oral Histories on the March:

At 16, Lawrence Cumberbatch Went to The March: [Listen Now 2 min 50 sec] http://www.wnyc.org/npr_articles/2013/aug/23/at-16-making-a-trek-to-make-the-63-march-on-washington/

Eleanor Holmes Norton Remembers the March on Washington: [Watch Now 13 min 44 sec] http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/nation/july-dec13/march_08-21.html

SNCC’s John Lewis Remembers the March on Washington: [Listen Now 47 min 40 sec] http://onpoint.wbur.org/2013/08/21/congressman-john-lewis

More Oral Histories on the March: [Watch Now] http://video.pbs.org/program/memories-march/shorts/

Scholars Reflect on the March

Author Interview: The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights: [Watch Now 12 min] http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/nation/july-dec13/march_08-14.html

"Telling them about the Dream Martin, Tell Them about the Dream"

Fears, Food, and the 1963 March on Washington