50 Years Later, Chicago Activists Remember 1968 Democratic Convention Protests

Bob Roberts
August 25, 2018 - 5:32 pm
Protesters rallied at the site where thousands gathered to protest the Democratic Convention in 1968.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A small Daley Center rally and march to Grant Park Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the violent confrontation between protesters and police that marred the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Fifty years ago, the protesters’ manta was ‘The Whole World Is Watching.’ Only about 150 people turned out to this protest, which remained peaceful.

Activist Kathy Kelly believes the message of the ’68 protests still reverberates.

“People around the world who bear the brunt of our wars are watching and asking, what have we done,” she said.

Other speakers said the 1968 protests helped spark the environmental movement, gay rights and women’s liberation movements.

Protesters concluded the march by gathering at the General John Logan monument in Grant Park, the site of some of the harshest confrontations of the ’68 convention.

Activists gather to remembers the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests in Grant Park.
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