Washington, DC 6–1–20

In 1969 I was part of a massive anti war demonstration in Washington, DC. The marchers initially gathered on the Mall but then SDS led an offshoot march to the Justice Department. I was a member, so I went. As we neared the Justice Department I noticed that people around me were starting to don helmets and gas masks. It was clear that they were preparing for something that I hadn’t envisioned. Once we reached our destination, yes, a few rocks were thrown and yes, some windows were broken. In response, there was teargas, lots of it.

We scattered into…

Ken Shane

I am a writer from Narragansett, RI. My primary focus is on music. I have been writing a weekly column on classic soul music since 2010.

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