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Mom and four kids marched 50 years ago

Charlotte Fish brought her four children to the march.
Charlotte Fish brought her four children to the march. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

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The March on Washington included a diverse crowd, with up to a quarter of the participants white people from various sectors: students, faith communities, the labor and peace movements. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul and Mary sang to the crowds on the Mall.

In Concord, 30-year-old Charlotte Fish loaded her four children into a station wagon and headed south with her mother, Ruth Sawyer. “My mother persuaded me to go, but my father and my husband tried to talk us out of it,” says Fish.

To no avail. With her older daughters, 8 and 10, walking with their mother and grandmother, Fish pushed her 3-year-old daughter in a stroller and carried her 2-year-old son on her back. They had driven to Maryland the night before the March, and the next morning drove into Washington, D.C. and parked in a lot.

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