First Draft of History: Covering Civil Rights in the Sixties

Headlines for some of Marlene Nadle’s stories in the 1960s superimposed on an announcement for civil rights rallies in New York and Washington. Village Voice Archive

The Voice and the Sixties were very loose. 

That combination made it possible for me to make an unprofessional debut at the paper. It made it easy for an unknown caller like me to get founding editor Dan Wolf on the phone. I’d never written anything before, but asked to cover the 1963 March on Washington. Regretfully, he said, “No. We have our own reporters going.”

“No” for me was always only the beginning of

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