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Personal Histories Inspire Women’s March




“Women’s March on Oklahoma” is producing some of the most compelling personal stories among the 30 states coordinating with “Women’s March on Washington.” “Why I March” posts grow daily on the event’s Facebook page. Individuals who are preparing for the national and state rallies are sharing heartfelt, moving, and well-considered explanations of why they plan to put one foot in front of the other come the third Saturday of January.

On New Year’s Day, Omeca Humphrey posted on why she will march: “For those who have no voice, I give mine instead… I stand for mothers who have lost their children to a broken system… I march for our young women and men who need birth control, for families of gun violence … I walk for clean air and water. They hear us by standing in solidarity with my sisters!”

The “Why I March” section also contains biographies and comments by women leaders from Oklahoma history.

On Jan. 21, “Women’s March on Washington” takes place in Washington, D.C. On the same day, “Women’s March on Oklahoma” will rally from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln, Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma organizers will be sending four busloads of marchers to the nation’s capital. Supporters of the event not making that trip will gather in Oklahoma City. Raising funds make both marches successful. Contact “Women’s March on Oklahoma” Facebook page for your orders for tee-shirt sales and donations. For details on how to participate or to contribute contact Debbie Lee Jones at or Lindsay Kanaly at Funds raised will cover costs of local staging, and travel expenses for those attending the national event.

Cicely Johnson, one of the organizers, encouraged participants, by saying Wednesday, “Let’s keep the ‘Why I March’ testimonies coming (and videos are optional but highly encouraged). I am excited as we prepare for this event. Let’s continue to raise awareness and remember, the March is a catalyst for what we will do in our communities and state.”
At a Glance
“Why I March,” the personal stories of those participating in “Women’s March on Washington” and “Women’s March on Oklahoma” can be viewed on the Oklahoma group’s Facebook page.
For information on how to participate or to make a donation, contact Debbie Lee Jones at or Lindsay Kanaly at