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Children's March for Survival ephemera

 Collection — Box: BW-1, Folder: 4
Identifier: MS-0979

Content Description

A collection of seven items from the 1972 Children’s March for Survival, which was organized by the National Welfare Rights Organization to protest the Nixon administration's policies on welfare, education, and child care. Items include a flyer with information about participation in the march; informational handouts about student rights, the H.R. 1 welfare reform bill’s impacts on low-income families, the free and reduced price school lunch program, environmental health impacts on children, benefits for low-income children under Title I of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA); and a flyer titled “Does President Nixon care about children?” which condemns Nixon’s political record on families.


  • Creation: 1972 March 25


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This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

The Children's March for Survival was organized by the National Welfare Rights Organization and held in Washington, DC on Saturday, March 25, 1972. The event was organized to protest the Nixon administration’s policies on welfare, education, and child care. Over 30,000 people participated, including thousands of children. Approximately 2/3 of participants were Black DC residents, although the march attracted demonstrators from other East Coast cities and the DC metropolitan area. Speakers included Coretta Scott King, Jesse Jackson, Ralph David Abernathy, Eugene McCarthy, Bella Abzug, Shirley MacLaine, Gloria Steinem, and John Kerry.

Source: “30,000, Many of Them Children, Protest Nixon Welfare Policies.” New York Times, March 26, 1972.


0.167 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from D. Anthem in January 2021.

Processing Information

Processed in November 2023 by Jenelle Clark.

Guide to the Children's March for Survival ephemera
Jenelle Clark
November 2023
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