With the recent deaths at Kent State still sending shock waves all over the country, over 100,000 protesters converged on Washington D.C. and held the largest Anti-War protest rally yet. For the most part it was a peaceful rally. It was during this rally that President Nixon snuck out of the White House at five in the morning for a much publicized mingle with the crowd. Our recent turn of events in Cambodia made protesting the war an almost daily occurrence, with demonstrations going on all over the county.
How long these rally's would stay peaceful was only a matter of time, and less than four days later the outbreak of violence at Jackson State would add another dimension in the protest movement.
Here is an NBC Special report on the Washington D.D. Protest as it was held on that day, May 1970.
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