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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

With Pete at My First Big D.C. Demo

It happened when I was in college, November 15, 1969, the biggest antiwar protest ever, more than a quarter million in Washington.  Jon Wiener writes about it at The Nation today and mentions (and I remember it clearly) Pete Seeger leading crowd in John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance," joined by Peter, Paul and Mary and then none other than "Sing Along With" Mitch Miller--he waves his arms and smacks Mary, even.  Jon may not know there's footage of it but I've found it here, very close though no sound.  Coretta Scott King and George McGovern also show up in the brief clip.  The night before we'd paraded past the Capitol, carrying candles and small signs with names of a U.S. soldier who'd died in Vietnam, and then dropped the signs in caskets. --G.M.

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