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Biggest hits and misses from the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March

Minister Louis Farrakhan speaks to a crowd of thousands at the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March: Justice or Else rally (Photo by Raymond Hagans for Steed Media Service)

Twenty years after the historical Million Man March, Black men, women, and children from across the country celebrated the anniversary by meeting at the National Mall on Oct. 11. The march served as barometer for the issues that continue to affect Blacks two decades after the initial march.

Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a riveting two-hour speech that touched on a multitude of problems that exist within the Black community. But there were several hits and misses throughout  the speech.

Some of his most defining moments were his messages on the value of Black women: “Every woman is from the creator. Her womb is the workshop of God. So when a man sees a woman, he should bow in honor of her,” Farrakhan said.

He also took aim at mass incarceration of Black people and he called for 10,000 fearless men to take a stand in their communities to help end Black on Black violence and police violence against Blacks: “When I ask for 10,000 fearless men, we have to go in to out comity because our war is on two fronts. We have to stop killing in the inner city and we have to stop the killing of police wickedness. I want 10,000 men we can train. We have to stand between the guns. When we go to our community, guess who we will run into. We run into rouge cops and wicked black people who suck the blood of the poor,” he said.

But while Minister Farrakhan’s speech was inspiring and provided a thoughtful look at Black issues, there appeared to be a lack of an overall agenda for the masses who were in attendance. How should Black Americans move forward after the march? Who will confront the Justice Department on the killings of unarmed Blacks by the hands of police? How will the wealth gap between Blacks and Whites be eliminated? Those questions were addressed in some ways, but the solutions were often missing.

It’s difficult to solve every problem that plagues that Black community with one march. The anniversary of the Million Man March proved that Blacks continue to have the ability to mobilize, but there may be a need for 20 more marches to provoke real change.


  1. shellyTheGreat on October 12, 2015 at 8:14 am

    we don’t need not even one more march. what did this one accomplish, other than making people feel good? you can pull up a speech of his on youtube and get the same messages. a large majority of the people who attended the million man march will quickly forget what farrakhan said and go back to living the way they were before. we need ACTION. if there is no action being done, then there’s no point.

    • TheBurningBush on October 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      true you are right “we do need ACTION and the minister said that in his speech”, I was at the first MMM and I attended Saturdays event it was more than a march, matter of fact it wasn’t a march at all it was a gathering, a glorious gathering of black people from all wealth of life, some came by bus, plane, car or train as I did and those who attended will never forget it. Yes you can get the same speech on youtube but it’s nothing like being in that number, peaceful amongst all those black people, a friend of mind ask me “man did you see anybody you know” I said no I didn’t but when you go to a place like that when you get there you feel like you know who ever you are standing with or talking to or walking with you feel like everybody their is your friend, everybody was friendly, respectful, cordial, graceful, polite and helpful if needed etc. so it was a great but informative event for us. Peace sister shelly.

      • shellyTheGreat on October 12, 2015 at 8:46 pm

        i don’t want to minimize the importance of an event like this. it definitely is a great thing for black men to come together in a brotherhood and bonding type of way, with no violence, just love. It’s beautiful. But I just really wish we would move past marches one of these days. I think that with all those black people in one place, more could be accomplished. i’m just tired of hearing about people marching. what happened after the first MMM? SOME men may have heeded farrakhan’s advice and became better men, but i think it’s safe to say that nothing really changed in our communities, and maybe even got worse. on second thought, maybe the man who wrote this post was right in a way when he said there needs to be 20 more marches until we see progress. if some of us could get together more often and not just simply talk, but actually devise a plan of action, then maybe then we would see progress. now that the MMM has come and gone, if nothing changes in our communities after this, will you still think it was a success?

        • TheBurningBush on October 12, 2015 at 9:49 pm

          the first MMM was “the black man day of atonement” we went their with a purpose of atonement, repent, make amends, to atone for our failing ourselves, our women, our children, our family and our community so when we left their we left with a purpose, it help men reaffirm my purpose as a son, man, husband and father as did most brother I knew who attend, however not enough was done most was not reached but for me as a working class black man I can say it serve me and my family well now twenty years latter my wife and I are still happy together, all our children was well raise, all completed college with advance degrees, and are married and into their careers, I can say if not for events like the MMM, gaining a knowledge of self, studying self improvements and understanding my purpose as a black men and my duty to god, ancestors, family, myself and community if not for that I can’t say my family would have made it and be enjoying the success they enjoy today cause when the rain come, when temptation came, when people close to me/us came with divisive suggestion trying to tear apart my family I knew my purpose, my goal and I stood firm with confidence and I found out once a sister even if she has degrees see her man standing firm, standing on principles, knows where he is going and trying to life his life the way he should she will stand with him whether he has degrees or not all she want him to do is to be trustworthy, have a good work ethics, wisdom and a back bone. Lastly if our community don’t change that’s on us for being scared, cowardly, naive, lazy, hard headed and stupid enough to wait on the instruction and guidance from our enemy knowing full after trying their plan for over the last 50 years it has not worked for us and not from a lack of leadership and I would still think the MMM was a success and a great idea cause it did help some.

          • shellyTheGreat on October 13, 2015 at 11:00 am

            that’s wonderful to hear that the first MMM had such an impact on you. I really do hope that it helped some men and that they listen to what farrakhan had to say. I just think we need more, but I really am glad that some men were able to better themselves by hearing his advice.

          • TheBurningBush on October 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm

            it true these are everyday working class and professional men, however we need many many more to straighten up, I know of one who attended he was a well educated man who grew up poor in a rural area without a father in his life he was so dedicated to his family even though his wife gave him all kind if hell bring radical feminist themes into their household and intentionally sabotaging their marriage and home, in spite of that he still stood firm and made the necessary sacrifices to and dedicated himself to being a good responsible father even though he wasn’t with their mother due to his dedication his children blossom and flourish and all are now well educated, productive citizen and guess what the ex wife has apologized for sabotaging their marriage and home, she was one of the black women who thought just because she had her degree and a well paying job that it had to be her way, she didn’t have to gain an understanding with no man because she was a strong independent women and guess what “she would go lock herself into the closet or bathroom and cry a lot” go figure that one out, now that’s just one of a few story like that, that I know of. The bottom line is at some point we are going to have to divorce ourselves mentally from our former slave master children and the black women and the black man is going to have to begin to take a more positive disposition towards each other and find ways to come together for our own survival and stop waiting on others approvals.

    • sssuido on October 26, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      stop banking with these people
      stop buying from these people
      stop arguing with them
      stop allowing them into our spaces
      stop deferring to them


      • shellyTheGreat on October 26, 2015 at 5:34 pm

        AMEN to that! #blackliberation indeed.

  2. Ben Hill on October 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    We’re tired of marching and listening to preachers!

  3. WeezyDuzIt on October 13, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    …but what did Jesse Jackson say?

    • Ben Hill on October 15, 2015 at 11:21 am

      jesse wants a check…

  4. Helenofreims on October 18, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    “Nation of Islam” promoting what certainly not economics or diplomacy façade whom enriching there pockets only few circles well protected. Neglect whom deterring Blacks, from achieve self will this is profound aware or care besides “Hip Hop” Louis wealth is abundant estimate $6 billion how protected source of The Ummah. Specifically did expect…anniversary going bring prosperity tend to forget your “American” citizens being used indoctrination so typical of Louis” whom irate when dispute misconduct. Image is solidarity and respect of values contraction why agitation when others refuse honor Louis misleading majority walking around “Louie suits” false pursuit. Donna and Khadijah well associated with women social deficiencies the Ummah sexism refuse discuss why financial grants of affluent. Once prior march didn’t make the head lines is this unkind if you mind to waste time criminals whom recruited by “Nation of Islam” failed to make the agenda name calling. You never appease the damage lack economic plan no you damn scams mention First Brother of Libya (1969-2011) and Ben Ali of Tunisia (1987-20110 groomed allow dishonesty make. Louis his richest say your anti-capitalism once, again those irate without knowledge exploited…inquire deaths of Chaucey Bailey (1949-2007) Malcolm and Khalifa Hamaas Abdul Khaalis you’ll never get answer when France 2 ask whom killed Malcolm no reply. Expect to the choice of new era for Black Americans trying emulate former speakers whom reverted on humanitarian experience not antagonist associated with “Nation of Islam”!

    Aggression from Louis, why mania for attention regression of society didn’t leaders of Mali,Chad,Libya and Togo inform “Nation of Islam” they could immigrate to chosen land would majority Blacks follow? Highly, unlikely, due to
    propaganda surround decadence of Louis: tell Black folks you conspire to high wealth worth billions rally anti-capitalism where? Ummah buying up corporate share not using Islamic banking principles ask Jousha Farrakhan and Mustapha
    whom siblings members gotten free tuition to Ummah colleges not others!

    Criticism Louis, this personal struggle your entangled with going lead whom certainly not valor your liar governors of Michigan and Illinois ask you devise
    plan to attack the gangs problematic cities what happen. Mustapha wearing cop uniformed …provide by “NAPO” CIA and M16 providing you security when tour Ummah is this gimmick or what? Against institution in USA” anniversary actually in defiance not compliance of progress of social goals mention deaths of Malcolm X 50yrs,Khalifa Hamaas Khaalis 42yrs. Elijah Muhammad 40yrs,,
    attempted conflict with “Shabaaz family” 20yrs. and ill fated inflated major of nothing! Your saying “Nation of Islam” is relevant where bunch irate criminals
    using organization never contribute to society only antagonism: Ummah supports the bigotry plenty in middle east! Louis you own stocks companies
    Mauritania where dark skin citizens imprisoned or assaulted by Arabs” women in Ummah raped,little girls burned alive by fathers,acid throwing,vagnial mutilations and murder against “Deen”! Louis what happen to billions given by
    the Ummah’ so called Black university of medical science and engineering and
    Black library along Black commerce hello? Only speeches entail impeachment whom going be your successor another rally 2025 Blacks agitated no resolution just publicity remind of southern preacher not least Islamic you liar!

    Louis why did your guards inflict harm on “Black solders Uganda 2006 protecting “First Brother of Libya (1969-2007) I’m belittling whom, French aware of lies Farrakhan you supported Ben Ali of Tunisia (1987-2011) many family members gotten rich where Black folks? American” Ummah organizations can’t even get close to delegations which Louis able to pursue why “Nation of Islam” is cult resent pillars of Islam whom reverts Elijah Muhammad whom not “Mahadi” opposite marabout Louis is liar using Blacks!Arab Nursing,AARU and FUIW benefited connections of “Nation of Islam” what happen grants from Qatar,Algeria and Kuwait hospital never built in “Chicago”
    tell us Louis another riddle using money for yourself detest capitalism!