REVIEWING THE SPIRIT AND SUCCESS OF THE MILLION MAN MARCH

By Dr. Conrad W. Worrill (January 22,2005)

 

 

            The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam have called for the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March to be held in Washington, D.C. on the weekend of October 14-16, 2005. The commemoration of this historic event in the history of African people in America is important to our on-going organizing efforts to achieve our ultimate goals of liberation, independence, and freedom. Let us review the success and spirit of the Million Man March following the October 16, 1995 event by reflecting on an article that I wrote a week after the march.

The Million Man March called by Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam on December 14, 1994 and held on October 16, 1995 was a thunderous success.

More than a million Black men from all walks of life and from all geographic locations in the United States, and parts of the western hemisphere, descended upon the United States Capitol, Washington, D.C. in an unprecedented and historic march and rally that has profoundly impacted the whole world.

Minister Louis Farrakhan and all the laborers in the Nation of Islam, who virtually suspended many of their projects inside the Nation of Islam over the last ten months, deserve all praise for their dedication and commitment to making this march the most successful Black Movement march in the history of the United States.

The I same praise can be rendered to Dr. Benjamin Chavis and the members of the African American Leadership Summit, the members of the National Black United Front (NBUF), the members of the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party, and particularly Bob Brown, the members of the US Organization and Dr. Maulana Karenga, and a host of scholars and activists such as Ron Daniels, Dr. Charshee McIntyre, Dr, Cornel West, Bop Law, and Haki Madhubuti who endorsed the march without hesitation and began mobilizing from its inception.

Most importantly, the Black masses of men who responded to fraternities, professional organizations, community Minister Farrakhan’s call for a Million Man March are due to the real praise. The unsung heroes are brothers in more than 512 cities throughout the United States in churches, block clubs, fraternities, professional organizations, mosques, colleges and universities, high schools, government agencies, factories, corporations, banks, hospitals, Black newspapers, television and radio stations and military personnel who, through their families and extended families, were the foundation of why this march made history.

In this regard, the masses of Black women deserve all praise also for the work they did, across the country, in making the march a success. It was indeed inspiring to observe, allover the country, Black men and women working cooperatively in pursuing all the mobilizing tasks necessary to achieve the objective of helping to mobilize a million Black men to participate in the October 16, 1995 Million Man March.

Now that we have showered ourselves with praise it is time to take the spirit of our Holy Day, Day of Atonement, Reconciliation and Responsibility and Day of Absence and begin the process of taking advantage of the great momentum that has engulfed the African world community. We are obligated to take the spirit of the Million Man March and organize around concrete issues, projects and programs that are in the best interest of the African community in America and throughout the world.

We must not forget that we are still struggling for the acquisition of Black Power and the Mission Statement of the march (which is the official march document) gives us some direction in our continued quest for Black Power and Independence.

This document that was published by the University of Sankore Press, Third World Press, and the FCN Publishing Company represents a synthesis of ideas and discussions with Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Ron Daniels, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Mawina Kouyate, Bob Law, Haki Madhubuti, Leonard Muhammad, Dr. Imari Obadele, Rev. Frank Ried, Rev. Willie Wilson, myself, and a host of other movement scholars, activists, and organizers.

In the final section of the Mission Statement, “Containing Practice and Projects,” we said, “The Million Man March and Day of Absence can only have lasting value if we continue to work and struggle beyond this day. Thus, our challenge is to take the spirit of this day, the process of mobilization and the possibilities of organization and turn them into on-going structures and practices directed toward our liberation and flourishing as a people.”

            The 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March must keep the spirit of the challenge of the Mission Statement at the forefront of our organizing efforts as we prepare for this most significant and important project.

 
National Chairman
National Black United Front (NBUF)


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