Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The August 1963 March on Washington Through the Lens of Food, Part 1

March Organizers Bayard Rustin and Cleveland Robinson
As part of our series Feeding the Revolution, we turn to 1963 March on Washington. Over the next fews days we we delve into the documentary history of food and the event and what organizer Bayard Rustin called The Sandwich Brigade. On August 17, 1963 the Chicago Defender wrote, "An army, they say, marches on its stomach. That’s why the men who are making plans for the Aug. 28 Civil Rights “March on Washington” have ordered 80,000 cheese sandwiches. They’ve ordered 80,000 apples too. And just to be sure, they’ve ordered 80,000 pieces of cake." The paper went on to say, "These are just three of the many details that are keeping" organizers Rustin, A. Phillip Randolph, and Cleveland Robinson busy at "march headquarters in New York and Washington." They understand that a person "who is hungry or thirsty ... may forget why he came to Washington in the first place, i.e. to demonstrate “for jobs and freedom.” From the start organizers put out the word, if you plan on attending the event, bring food. But preparation had begun for the "more than 100,000" who might need help in the form of food during the event. 


Stories in the Series Feeding the Revolution with Related Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Feeding+the+Revolution

Bayard Rustin’s Sandwich Brigade & the March on Washington: [Listen Now] http://wosu.org/2012/allsides/the-life-of-civil-rights-pioneer-bayard-rustin/


4 comments:

Tinky Weisblat said...

Thanks so much for this post! I'm doing a cooking demo on TV on the 28th. We probably won't do cheese sandwiches (I was thinking red beans and rice, which MLK loved), but a little cake won't go amiss.

Frederick Douglass Opie said...

Why not a pound cake?

Tinky said...

A pound cake is EXACTLY what I'll be making! Easy to slice and pack for a crowd. It will be a peach poundcake because peaches are in season here now! I'll post the link to the demo when it goes on the internet.

Tinky said...

Just posted it! I hope you enjoyed the day. And thank you again....
http://www.ourgrandmotherskitchens.com/?p=10538