The 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, this year titled on “Justice Or Else”, brought hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children to Washington D.C. on Saturday, October 10, 2015. This third Million Man March (MMM) was again organized by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam.
It seemed as if just about every group was in attendance: Christians, Muslims, Blacks, whites, Latinos, Indigenous Peoples, representatives of all kinds of causes, LGBT, young, old, and in between. The theme, however, highlighted the recent rash of police brutality and deadly shooting cases against Black people, as well as a continued push for unity and inclusion.
No matter what one’s personal opinion of Louis Farrakhan, he is the only Black leader who can put out a call for a march such as this and people show up from all over the United States and other countries.
Lasting from about 10 am until about 6 pm, the Million Man March was again a peaceful gathering, with full cooperation of the Capitol Police Department and the Fruit of Islam (FOI), the security force for the Nation of Islam (NOI).
Although always eager to cover riots or other “bad” events involving Black people and other People of Color (POC), not one major media outlet even mentioned the March. Only C-Span was present and broadcast the event, although several online news outlets also covered the event.
The success of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, as well as ability for people to find out about, travel to and from DC safely, and enjoy a beautiful day of unity at a very well-organized event, again reminds us that we do not need others to speak for us or validate us.
Compare that with the failed 20-city anti-Islam rallies that were planned at mosques around the country, called the “Global Rally for Humanity”, and were meant to have armed white “Christians” intimate Muslims at their places of worship and especially protest again Louis Farrakhan. Almost no protesters showed in the various cities, and in several places supporters outnumbered protestors.
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