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"We're Not Going To Take It!": A Century of Marches, Protests, and Rallies in the Nation's Capital

In-person Tour

Morning Tour

Friday, October 1, 2021 - 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET
Code: 1NSA08
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$55 - Member
$75 - Non-Member
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Materials for this program

  1. COVID-19 Guidance for In-Person Tours

Civil rights march on Washington, August 28, 1963 (National Archives)

Please Note: This tour is conducted in person and limited to 20 registrants. CDC and Smithsonian Covid-19 guidelines in effect at the time of the program will be followed. Updates will be posted to SmithsonianAssociates.org. Protocols such as distanced seating, mask mandate, and/or proof of vaccination may be required. Read the COVID requirements prior to registration.

From the Woman Suffrage Procession along Pennsylvania Avenue in 1913 to the massive Million Man March in 1995, Washington, D.C. was the setting for many of the most historic social and political American protests of the 20th century. Enjoy a fall walk with lecturer Dave Price, director of the D.C.-based Talking ’Bout My Generation: The Baby Boom Experience project, and discover the stories behind the most significant of these protests.

The 2-hour outing offers insights into the most-noted national protests in the civil rights struggle and against the Vietnam War, as well as several lesser-known events such as the 1928 Ku Klux Klan rally and parade, the 1943 March of the Rabbis Against Nazi Genocide, and the 1978 Long Walk for the American Indian Movement encampment on the National Mall. The journey through history covers approximately 1.5 miles of walking.

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General Information

  • All tours are 2 hours in length.
  • Participants meet outside the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Station Metro (Yellow/Green lines), 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.
  • Bring water, a snack, and comfortable, sturdy shoes.
  • This is an easy-to-moderate walk.
Tour meets outside the
Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Station Metro
(Yellow/Green lines), 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW