20 years ago, the historic Million Man March drew unprecedented crowds of African-American men and women to Washington, D.C. in 1995 in an effort to collectively combat the negative images of Black men in society by showing unity in the nation’s capital. The gathering was also to advocate for political awareness of social and economic issues plaguing the Black community.
In commemoration of the upcoming Million Man March 20th anniversary this Friday, supporters from all walks of life traveled to Washington, D.C. today to be a part of the “Justice Or Else” march and celebration advocating for African-American civil rights in the wake of the police war on Black lives and just ahead of the upcoming Presidential election.
A host of notable speakers and prominent activists participated in the program including Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton, as well as the families of Sandra Bland, Erica Garner and Mike Brown, who all preceded Minister Louis Farrakhan’s address to the crowd.
Crowds began gathering as early as 4am this morning on the Washington, D.C. National Mall and the images that have surfaced so far on social media under the #JusticeOrElse hashtag are inspiring, positive and powerful.
The hip hop community was also on hand to show their support, with the likes of Russell Simmons, J.Cole, Jay Electronica, Common, Kendrick Lamar and B.O.B. being among those spotted in the audience according to attendees.