Back in June I blogged about the announcement of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. Today thousands of people are expected to attend Justice or Else: The Million Man March 20th anniversary.
Much has changed since, an evolution perhaps best symbolized by the trajectory of one man who attended the Million Man March: Barack Obama. Then, he was a fresh-faced Illinois state Senate candidate; now, of course, he occupies the White House.
Yet black unemployment remains double that of whites, and the repeated instances of unarmed black men being killed by police have given rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It is because of continued injustice that people are crying out for justice,” said Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., the former NAACP chief who directed the Million Man March and is serving as a consultant to Saturday’s rally. “It would be incorrect to say we have made no progress. But it would be equally incorrect to say all is well.”
This time around there will be more than just black men attending the march. Black women and other minorities will be represented as well.
Check out the #JusticeOrElse hashtag at Twitter to keep up with what’s going in D.C. throughout the day. C-Span is showing live coverage of the Million Man March 20th Anniversary right now and you can watch the Justice or Else Webcast.