chapter  46
Audre Lorde
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Audre Lorde made her second trip to Washington, D.C. in 1953, this time with the primary intention of picketing the White House to protest the scheduled execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Along with fellow members of the Committee to Free the Rosenbergs she marched, sang, and handed in petitions of mercy. One week after this trip President Eisenhower signed into law an executive decree ending racial discrimination in public accommodations in the capital city. One week later still, the Rosenbergs were electrocuted.