The Combs family stood near the edge of the Orange County Courthouse lawn as Mysti Mayhem, a band from Durham, belted out “Come Together” by The Beatles. Chapel Hill local Malia Combs donned a pink “pussy hat” and a shirt from the Women’s March on Washington.
Though only 7 years old, Malia Combs is a veteran activist. She marched in Washington with her mom, Amelia Combs, and her brother, Weston, age 2, at last year’s Women’s March. This year her family made their way to Hillsborough to continue their fight for women’s rights.
“This community is growing and doing so much for empowerment for all walks of life and types of people,” Amelia Combs said. “It’s about time that the voice of everyone is really heard and accepted and appreciated and honored.”
Hillsborough hosted the 2018 Women’s March into Action on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington, joining hundreds of towns and cities across the country in hosting anniversary marches.
The town hosted an affiliate of the Women’s March on Washington in 2017. Organizers estimate that nearly 1,500 protesters attended last year.