On Saturday (October 10), countless men and women joined together from across the United States to gather in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. The 2015 movement coined the powerful slogan, "Justice or Else," to acknowledge the desperate need for police reforms, equal rights for all mankind, and changes in predominantly black communities. If you were not able to make it out for the historic march, don't worry. The gathering is now available to live stream.
Led by Nation of Islam leader, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March will highlight several of the unarmed black men and children who have been killed by the hands of law enforcement and those whose deaths were denied rightful justice despite overwhelming evidence.
The tragic deaths of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012 in Florida, 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri and 43-year-old Eric Garner in 2014 in Staten Island, New York have inspired protests around the world under the moniker "Black Lives Matter."
The original Million Man March took place on Oct. 16, 1995, nearly 20 years ago, as hundreds of thousands of Black men walked side-by-side through the streets of Washington to unite on the steps of the state Capitol. This marked the largest mass gathering of black men, seeking healing in America's black communities and police accountability for the numerous brutal beatings and discriminatory treatment.
A movement that was once solely open to African-American men is now welcomed by everyone. Images and video footage of women, men and children have already been published showing an array of attendees from various cultural and religious backgrounds, including numerous marginalized racial groups.
In the second video posted above, watch as protesters, social activists and celebrities unite for the possibilities of a better tomorrow.
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