They came from New Jersey, Harlem, the Bronx and as far away as Seattle. The small, but diverse group of black women we met at Occupy Wall Street this weekend included students, a member of the Board of Ed, community organizers and church elders. Ranging in age from 19 to 62 years old, they gathered in New York’s Zuccotti Park with a common goal: to lend their voices to the swelling demand for social and economic change.
Althea, a retired schoolteacher, remembered marching on Washington with Dr. King forty-eight years ago. She applauded the political message of We are the 99%, a slogan intended to highlight disparity between economic classes, but questioned the focus of the occupiers.