One night many years ago, Barbara Rose Brooker had a dream — kind of like Martin Luther King Jr.
She was marching, wearing her Joan Crawford-ankle strap platform shoes, and imagining a world where people aren’t judged by their age.
About nine months later, she organized the first Age March, a grassroots event in 2010 that brought some 200 participants of all ages to Fort Mason in The City.
The 80-year-old San Francisco writer, painter and teacher is eager to talk about the third Age March, which starts at noon Sunday, Dec. 4 at Gough and Union streets, and ends at Union and Fillmore.
“We’re going to celebrate age pride and our real ages and fight to end age discrimination,” says Brooker, noting that the issue affects so many aspects of life, from dating to housing to jobs.
Brooker, a longtime anti-ageism activist, has experience with such discrimination. She says she’s applied for jobs she’s clearly qualified for, more or less been hired on the phone, then turned away after meeting the prospective employer in person.
The author of “The Viagra Diaries,” who coined the phrase “Boomer Hottie” and appeared with Sharon Osbourne on TV, also has been rejected by Hollywood.
HBO was slated to make a movie based on “Viagra” with Goldie Hawn, but canned the project after “Sex and the City’s” Darren Star wrote a bad script, Brooker says (and changed the main character’s age from 70 to 51).
Brooker, who writes a column called “Boomer In The City” in J, the Bay Area’s Jewish news weekly, says she often meets people, even 25- and 35-year olds in the tech industry, who experience ageism in the workplace.
Still, she remains hopeful.
“Before I leave this planet, I want this movement to go global,” she says, adding that she has no money and is seeking corporate and governmental support and funding.
She says, “Dianne [Feinstein] and Nancy [Pelosi] would love this!”
Festivities on Sunday include the rollicking New Orleans’ style Bird Polk St. Second Line Brass Band, which is leading the march, and brief comments from Kaushik Roy of Shanti Project and Mary Eileen Williams, host of radio’s “The Feisty Side of Fifty.”
By the way, everything is free, and people of all ages and persuasions are heartily invited to join the fun.
Brooker is pleased, too, to report that the San Francisco Police Department waived fees for the event, and is providing a motorcycle lead.
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