20th Anniversary rally for the Million Man March

Earlier today Louis Farrakhan announced that there will be a rally commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March on October 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall.

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The Million Man March took place on October 16, 1995.

1995 Million Man March

The announcement for the rally called Millions For Justice took place at the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said Wednesday he plans to hold a Millions for Justice march in the nation’s capital this fall, 20 years after the Million Man March.

During a speech at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Washington, Farrakhan said he intends to hold the rally Oct. 10 on the National Mall, scene of the 1995 march.

“This is the time our people must see our unity,” Farrakhan said. “Let’s make 10/10/15 a meeting place for those who want justice, for those who know what justice is.”

Organizers said they aim to stage a more diverse and inclusive event than the one in 1995, which was billed as a men-only event.

Former NAACP executive director Benjamin Chavis, who helped organize the original Million Man March, said he is optimistic that this year’s turnout will be “in excess of a million.” He said the event’s success would be measured more by the political and socioeconomical impact it has on communities.

I remember when the first march took place back in 1995. We had the option of going to work or staying home. I decided to go to work that day. I remember some folks were paranoid about thousands of black men coming to D.C. A lot of folks did stay home. I remember taking the subway to work that morning and noticed how the train was much more crowded than usual for an early morning commute due to the large number of March participants taking the subway.  Don’t know why folks were nervous about going into work if they took the subway.  And the march?  Turned out to be very peaceful with no problems.

One of the organizers of this year’s event is Reverend Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore.  He delivered the eulogy at the funeral of Freddie Gray.

Rev. Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore also is an organizer. Bryant delivered the eulogy at the funeral of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody in April, setting off protests in Baltimore and around the country.

“Twenty years ago, those who gathered did so for the dignity of our black men,” read a joint statement issued by Bryant and fellow organizer Tamika Mallory, former executive director of the New York-based National Action Network. “Today, we see that the need for justice and equity is far-reaching, and requires systematic and deliberate change for people of many backgrounds.”

Check out the following links for more information about the Millions for Justice rally:

Gathering to recognize 20th anniversary of Million Man March

Justice or Else: Million Man March 20th Anniversary

Farrakhan announces 20th anniversary Million Man March rally

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