Hundreds turn out for Black Mountain Women's March

Special To Black Mountain News

Despite the cold weather, over four hundred people gathered in Town Square on Jan. 19, for the third annual Black Mountain Women’s March.

The march was organized by Sarah Vekasi, and a group of local middle school girls, with the express interest in continuing to make space for the voices of women and children to be heard, and our presence seen.

There were speeches by each of the organizers, as well as two others, followed by a march down State Street and back.

There were also talks by Roberta Madden, Pam King, and Vekasi. Madden spoke about ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, a one sentence amendment to the Constitution that would allow for equal protection for women.

King, with Indivisible Black Mountain, spoke about the progress electing women into office since the first Women’s March in 2017, and the importance of remaining engaged politically.

Vekasi presented the idea that the name of our local Board of Aldermen be changed to a Town Council. She explained that words have meaning, and the title alderman literally means "elder man."