Thousands of African-Americans, and more, hit the National Mall in Washington, DC on Saturday (Oct. 10) for a rally to mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. Once again called by Louis Farrakhan, the “Justice Or Else” march was to demand justice and changes to policing in Black communities.
Reports Raw Story:
The anniversary event gathered people from across the United States hoping to push elected officials to do more to combat social and economic inequalities, as well as violence that disproportionately affects communities of color.
Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam, organized both the original 1995 march and this year’s “Justice or Else” gathering.
The scope of Saturday’s gathering however, unlike the march 20 years ago, included a call for justice for a range of ethnic and overlooked groups.
The participants also broadened this time around, from the largely black, male crowd in 1995 to include entire families and people of other races.
“If we are denied what is rightfully due to us, then there has to be unified action that we take that will force the justice that we seek,” Farrakhan told the crowd, which looked to be in the tens of thousands, from a podium near the steps of the US Capitol building Saturday.
Was the fact that this was a peaceful demonstration why there is a lack of media coverage or nah? Just asking.
Some of the celebs in attendance included Jeezy, Diddy, J. Cole, Dave Chappelle, Common and Russell Simmons.
See images from the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March below and on the following pages.
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