Thousands come to DC for 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March

Credit: Christina Conceicao, THZ

Credit: Christina Conceicao, THZ

On Saturday afternoon, thousands of people packed in to the National Mall in Washington D.C. for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

In 1995, the leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, called all able bodied male African Americans to the nation’s capital to discuss the issues of black communities and to call for unity. Over 800 thousand made it to the capital that day, making it one of the largest demonstrations in Washington D.C. history.

Twenty years later, the crowd was made up of more than just black men, but men, women and children of other races. Farrakhan also spoke on other issues such as abortion, politics, and self respect.

Farrakhan when speaking to the crowd on the Capitol building’s lawn he, spoke about how we need to learn to love and respect ourselves more, a message he wanted women especially to hear. He said,” You should never call another woman a bitch,” and continued to say that the word should not be apart of our language.

One other topic that Farrakhan touched on was the murder of Malcom X in February 1965. He addressed the old rumors that he might have been involved in the assassination and called upon the FBI to release the case files on Malcom X.

There wasn’t that big of a push to reach the million man mark like there was twenty years ago. Instead there was a different theme, “Justice or Else,” a theme that was created to apply to more than just African Americans, but all different people.

You can see people talking about the topic on Twitter with  #JusticeOrElse

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