By Ann Brown
The Million Man March has an anniversary coming up. It will turn 24 this year. The march, which drew a large number of African-American men, first hit the streets of Washington, D.C., on October 16, 1995. Co-created by the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan, it was held on and around the National Mall. The National African American Leadership Summit and the Nation of Islam partnered with a variety of civil rights organizations, including many local chapters of the NAACP to form the Million Man March Organizing Committee. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., founder of the National African American Leadership Summit, was the first National Director of the Million Man March.
One of the purposes of the march was to “convey to the world a vastly different picture of the Black male” as well has helped inspire and empower Black men.
There has been some dispute over the attendee figures, the National Park Service issued an estimate of about 400,000 attendees, while ABC-TV-funded researchers at Boston University estimated the crowd size to be about 837,000 members.
“The March focused on the plight of black American males emphasizing the theme of atonement. It also covered a range of social and economic Click here to read entire article