The permitted holiday march began with a rally at 5th and Bigelow, near the Pitt Student Union.
Many signs and placards decried racism and in glowing letters, for it was winter and evening fell early. Young and old came out. Drums sounded, booming low. Some horns, in a soft dirge. A few bicycle chimes.
The City Paper reported 1,200 participated in the three-mile march and demonstrations spanning from Oakland to Grant St., Downtown. A student observer estimated about 300 participants in the early going in Oakland, which was my own estimate. And of those, about 85% White. Both stats may have changed over the evening.
Not all motorists were happy being rerouted up Bigelow Blvd. CMU officers manned the barricades against them Continue reading