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The 'Blind March' of 5th April 1920

The  'Blind March' of 5th April 1920

Photo of marchers on the Blind March

‘On 5th April 1920, hundreds of blind and partially sighted people from across the country began a march to London in the name of equality.

Led by the National League of the Blind, groups of marchers set off for London from Newport, Manchester and Leeds in order to meet with the Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, and demand fairer working conditions and legal rights for blind people.

Their action led to a significant change in disability rights and was directly linked to the formation of the Blind Person’s Act 1920 – the world’s first disability-specific legislation, and an early precursor to today’s Equality Act 2010’. RNIB 2020