“He really put his chin out to do this,” she said.
Fiorentini gave each woman a copy of a proclamation in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
In it, he noted that “the march capped off a summer of discontent, a time when the clarion call for civil rights was met with imprisonment, bomb threats, and base brutality. Many of the marchers had endured the smack of a billy club or the blast of a fire hose. Yet they chose to respond with nonviolent resistance, with a fierce dignity that stirred our nation’s conscience and paved the way for two major victories of the Civil Rights Movement — the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”