10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MILLION MAN MARCH

By Dr. Conrad W. Worrill (September 7, 2005)

 

In the December 14, 1994 edition of the Final Call Newspaper, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, and the Nation of Islam, called for a Million Man March that was to take place in Washington, D. C. at the Capitol of the United States on October 16, 1995.

The Final Call Newspaper reported in that edition that “As demands for change from angry white males top political agendas, the leader of the Nation of Islam is calling on Black men— hit hard by homicide, arrest rates, unemployment, health and other problems— to step up to save themselves and their families.”

This prophetic call for a million Black men to converge on Washington, D. C., on October 16, 1995 caught the attention, and imagination, of the entire African in America Community. The sisters in the All African Women’s Revolutionary Union coined a slogan that accurately depicted the spirit of the march in its countdown phase, “Farrakhan Made The Call – But The March Belongs To Us All.” This spirit continues as we prepare for the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March that will be held October 15, 2005 in Washington, D. C.

The organizing and mobilization taking place throughout the United States, around building the Millions More Movement is a revitalizing tool for the Black Liberation Movement in America. It is inspiring to observe the broad spectrum of African in America organizations, associations, institutions, sororities, fraternities, religious and spiritual entities, and just everyday Black people actively participating in Local Organizing Committees, and other structures, to help make the 10th anniversary successful and help build the Millions More Movement as a permanent organizing vehicle to help address many of the challenges as a people.

It is important to us to reflect on the words that Minister Farrakhan wrote in his 10th Anniversary Commemoration vision statement. Minister Farrakhan stated, “The Masses of our people are on a Death March into the oven of social deterioration, broken homes, broken marriages, broken minds, broken spirits, evolving from a string of broken promises by government and leadership that has failed to help our people turn around the misery and wretchedness of our condition.”

Minister Farrakhan went on to write, “The knowledge to correct the horror of our condition is among us. The potential force and power to cause us to rise as a people is among us. The finance to fuel our rise is also among us.”

Finally, Minister Farrakhan wrote in his vision statement that, “There is no better time, there is no more historic occasion than the 10th Anniversary Commemoration of the historic Million Man March to mobilize and organize our people nationally, and put systems in place that will permit a successful programmatic thrust to fruition what we envision for ourselves and our people.”

We have a duty and responsibility to continue to take the spirit of the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March beyond October 15th. We must find ways to institutionalize the organizing and mobilizing that has taken place around this 10th anniversary commemoration. The real work begins when we return to our local areas and link with our brothers and sisters to address, very specifically, issues and problems that impact on African people throughout the world. (Some of these key issues have been identified in Minister Farrakhan’s Vision Statement).

Through the Millions More Movement organizing process, a network of conscious, committed, dedicated, talented, experienced, and technologically trained cadre of Black men and women has surfaced all over America. These Black men and women have a responsibility to all our ancestors to keep the spark and the flames of this Commemoration alive beyond October 15th. On October 16th the real work and challenges, fortified by this historic occasion, will in some instances begin and in many others continue.

We must intensify the demand for reparations. We must develop a campaign to control our own food, clothing, and shelter, which we at present continue to obtain from other people. As Black men and women, we must learn and re-learn to control the production, processing, distribution, wholesaling, and retailing of everything we need to survive and develop as a people.”

As I have said on numerous occasions, Saturday, October 15, 2005 should be a great day for Black men, women, and children to stand tall together and proclaim to the world our political, economic, cultural, educational, and social independence as a people.

 
National Chairman
National Black United Front (NBUF)


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