Thousands of women and allies, including many children, went to the 4th Annual Women’s March in Raleigh on Sunday, 1/26/20. People had signs in their hands, on their shirts, on other clothes. Some wore pink pussy hats, even on the mild sunny day (54 in January!) The event began with a march starting at the Legislative Building (the people’s house) and all the way around Halifax Mall, led by some of the organizers chanting. People surged in to Halifax Mall, still chanting.
There were many impressive speakers celebrating the accomplishments of women and the challenges that are yet to be overcome. There were moving and sometimes glorious performances throughout the program.
Performers included the Triangle Raging Grannies who started off the rally with 2 songs. Next was Sandra Dubose, with a voice like an angel! People were rocking to “Rise Up” and “Living Life like it’s Golden.”
Another highlight was the anti-rape anthem demonstration, “A Rapist In The Way,” done in Spanish and then English, at the end of the Physical Harm to Women section. See the words and more here.
Later in the program, the NCSU all women A Capella group “Ladies In Red,” performed. They were excellent! This little girl stood transfixed.
Spoken Word Poet “IAMSOTERIA” returned to inspire us.
The last presentation was “20 things to do in 2020” shared by 5 of our organizers. Performer Randa McNamara did the final send off with a “Vote Them Out” song.
Our program was organized in 4 areas – bodily harm to women, women at work, women with children/families, and women as residents. We started off with an indigenous land acknowledgement, the first one at the Raleigh Women’s Marches.
Pictures capture the spirit and feel of this special occasion.
Press coverage of the Raleigh Women’s march.
WRAL – Thousands gather downtown for Raleigh Women’s March, 3 videos are listed. Video 1, video 2, and video 3
ACB 11 and Yahoo news – Crowds gather downtown for Raleigh’s Women’s March
Progressive Pulse – 2020 Women’s March rally this weekend in Raleigh
CBS 17 news – Hundreds attend Women’s march in downtown Raleigh
Technician – Thousands join 2020 Raleigh Women’s March
Daily Tar Heel – National politics takes center stage at Raleigh Women’s March
News & Observer Opinion – This year, Women’s Marches will be different
Watch a video of the 2020 Raleigh Women’s March at https://fragmentsweb.org/videos/ by James L. VanHise
The notice of the Raleigh Women’s March being the topic of the Jan 22, 2020 News & Observer Forum was an ad in the N&O, not an article. I can’t access.
INDY Week – Raleigh Women’s March Trudges On (they mean rocks on!)