The Central Area Civil Rights Committee sponsored the march on behalf of the Central Contractors' Association. Participants included representatives of organized labor. The chairman of the Central Area Contractors' Association, electrician Tyree Scott (1940-2003), led demonstrations at construction sites at the University of Washington and at Sea-Tac Airport.
Alfred E. Cowles, Executive Secretary of the State Board Against Discrimination criticized "token employment" for many blacks who were "hired on Monday and fired on Friday" thereby denying them the same chances for training as white workers.
Comedian and Civil Rights activist Dick Gregory (b. 1932) said that the Indian problem was the number one issue in America and that "the man has been committing genocide ever since he landed here." Gregory declared, "If enough people are willing to die, then we don't have to worry about getting killed, do we?"