In April 2004, a huge crowd gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. More than a million women and men took part in the March for Women's Lives. They were protesting policies—both national and local—that threaten to overturn Roe v. Wade. For the first time, minority organizations such as the Black Women's Health Imperative (BWHI) and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health joined the other marchers, which included Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women (NOW). The event reflected expanding leadership that was once predominantly all-white and a broader agenda, emphasized by the name of the event, formerly the March for Choice.
Since the push to liberalize abortion laws began in the 1960s, black women, as well as other minorities, have rarely been a major part of it. This may seem surprising in