#MillionManMarch 20th Anniversary #JusticeorElse

Yesterday on 10/10/15, was the commemoration of the first Million Man March which occurred on October 16, 1995. The march was started by Nation of Islam minister, Louis Farrakhan and was a call to gather Black/African American men (and women) for Black unity and a cause to challenge the systematic murders of Black citizens by the police state.

Unfortunately due to my school schedule and funny money (haha), I did not get a chance to attend this positive event, but I heard nothing but good news about it. 

In the National Mall in the nation's capital, thousands of men and women gathered to hear Minister Farrakhan speak about the power of the youth and importance of passing the leadership torch to the next generation. Other speakers, celebrities, and prominent leaders and public figures of the Black community attended in plans of unifying and seeking social justice. 

While the vibrations seemed high and the energy was positive in Washington, D.C., of course on social media there were criticisms and negative commentary of the event. Of course the racists came out to troll online, but there were also many complaints that the march was not going to "solve anything". Others also stated that Minister Farrakhan had fooled and tricked the Black community and given them false hope with no solutions. 

The irony of those statements is that many of the people with the criticism and negative commentary have no tangible solutions, programs, and/or do no community based work of their own. While I have no problem with people having their own opinion, I do feel that if you are going to tell people what they should not be doing, what doesn't work for the Black community, you should make it your duty to have alternatives on hand and ready to be worked on. People cannot continue to tell people what they're not doing right while sitting from the comfort of their home scrutinizing and critiquing everything. Join in, create your own project, but if you are not doing either, your opinion holds no weight or value. 

No one ever stated that the MMM was the "end all, be all" to the problems Black people face in this country (or globally). This was specifically an event that promoted unity, brought people together to unify, build, network and find solutions to the problems. Ironically, the naysayers also failed to mention and acknowledge the many events, workshops, and other programs that were occurring in commemoration of the event. The participants of the MMM weren't just marching. 

It was very powerful to see such a positive event take place this weekend even though I was not in attendance. Even if this rally inspired and woke up one individual who was "asleep", change has been made, especially for future generations. 



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