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March on Washington Liberty and Justice for All

ID Number: 7689
Maker: Robert Birch
Technique: offset
Date Made: 1993
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 71 cm x 55.7 cm; 27 15/16 in x 21 15/16 in
Main Subject: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ)
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
March on Washington Liberty and Justice for All Lesbian, Gay & Bi Equal Rights and Liberation Unity Diversity Solidarity April 25 1993 In Memory of Vernon Mitchell, December 18, 1926 - December 21, 1991 Los Angeles Openly gay and proud, Mitch had waged a running battle against police entrapment, venereal disease, racism, and homophobia since the mid-Sixties. In 1987 he single-handedly paid for all the posters and the hot-pink-and-black banner of the Los Angeles contingent in the March on Washington. Two days after the March, he was arrested with 830 other activists on the steps of the United States Supreme Court. In 1989 AIDS kept Mitch confined to a bed at UCLA Medical. We, his friends, took the banner he had sponsored for women's rights to Washington and carried it for him during the March for Women's Equality/Women's Lives. That banner was inducted into the permanent archives of the Smithsonian on October 24, 1990 at a ceremony in Washington. Shortly before his death, Mitch bequeathed money to me for the production of these 5,000 posters in order to instill pride in our people during this March. Mitch was a giant-loud commanding cantankerous, shocking, recovering, hilarious, driven and totally honest. As you walk in his footprints today make your own for others to follow. - RB Robert Birch 1993

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