10-10-15 will mark the 20th anniversary of the million man march, and what better a way to celebrate than to run it back again. What some people may remember as one of the greatest gatherings of mainly black men in the Unites States that took place in Washington D.C. in 1995, and what others may not even recall because they weren’t born yet or are simply uninformed. Nonetheless “The Million Man March was one of the most historic organizing and mobilizing events in the history of Black people in the United States,” said Chicago-based Dr. Conrad Worrill, who was a main organizer of the March and the current president emeritus of the National United Black Front.
The difference between then and now is clear but reminiscent, the issues that were affecting black men, women and their families then are still affecting them now. The initial march was for Black males to declare their right to justice to atone for their failure as men and to accept responsibility as the family head, but the message of this Saturdays march will not be about accepting responsibility as much as it will be about Justice for the lives of those who are literally oppressed in this country, by a government that seems oblivious in their law making and unconcerned in their rulings of wrongful doing to its minority population as well as the tragic amounts of incarcerations that contribute to a multi-billion dollar prison industry.
The message is Justice or Else. Lead by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, this Saturday’s march will focus on the agenda of the oppressed peoples in this country, and what they demand if justice is not achieved. The bargaining power in the black dollar and its affects on wall street, and how to channel it for the demand of better treatment and justice. This in the wake of countless gunned down victims to police brutality, and unanswered cries for something to be done about the noticeable despairs and inequalities that are the realization black and brown people face everyday as citizens of this great nation. Many will be able to revisit the march who attended the first time in true anniversary style and share the same contribution they did in its initial debut.
But one thing people have pointed out in conversation of late, is what will people do when they leave Washington and return to their homes? Will they adhere to the teachings and the lessons they learned at the march, or will they return to their regular scheduled programming? This is a question we have to ask ourselves as attendees or not, what are we doing to help the cause that is for the benefit of ourselves, our well-being, and the well-being of our children? And how will we make a difference in today’s society with the minority dollar being so valuable?