Thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 10, in an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Million Man March.

Like its historic predecessor, Saturday’s event, billed as “Justice or Else,” sought to address grievances by African-Americans and other minority groups perceived as marginalized in American society. The event was organized largely by religious group Nation of Islam (NOI), which also helped organize the original event which attracted an estimated 837,000 to the National Mall on October 16, 1995.

News2Share's Ford Fischer speaks to Umar Johnson

News2Share’s Ford Fischer speaks to Umar Johnson

“We want equal justice under the law,” reads a vision statement on the event’s website. “We want justice applied equally regardless to creed or class or color.”

Among those who addressed Justice or Else attendees were District Mayor Muriel Bowser and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who praised the Black Lives Matter movement and urged youth present to carry on the spirit of the 20th anniversary event.

“What good are we if we don’t prepare young people to carry the torch of liberation to the next step,” said Farrakhan.

Also present at the rally was political scientist and author Dr. Umar Johnson, who told News2Share that rights and conditions for blacks in America have overall deteriorated in the 20 years since the original march.

Produced by Ford Fischer
Article by Alejandro Alvarez
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