Million Woman March Empowers Black Women

Countless women went home from the Million Woman March in Philadelphia on Saturday with a renewed feeling of sisterhood and a newfound purpose.

“It was a great moment for all women across America. It was a chance to express themselves, and to feel their power,” said Sister Gloriastine Muhammed of Macon, Ga. Adriene Breckenridge of Baltimore said “The march is instilling a lot of hope in a lot of women who were losing hope in society.”

The crowd at Benjamin Franklin Parkway was estimated at between 300,000 and 1.5 million by police officers, and over 2 million by organizers. The speakers, including Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, emphasized emotional strength, the value of motherhood and solidarity.

Marchers hope that the spirit of the march will be carried back to black communities. Yvonne Tillery of Chester, Pa. said “It had to start somewhere. Now it’s time to put some heads together and do positive things.”


AP - October 27, 1997

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