What Exactly Did The Million Man March Achieve?

Black men
Leslie Taylor-Grover
October 13, 2021

The Million Man March was a day of Black unity and solidarity – and of atonement and reconciliation. Black men wanted real change in the law and in the way our people were treated. But there was a much larger purpose.

Held on October 16, 1995, the march was supposed to inspire Black men to take personal responsibility for improving the Black community. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan led the effort, but he invited Black leaders from other faiths and organizations to work with him. Could they use their power to change lives?

Absolutely! Approximately 655,000 to 1.1 million Black men gathered at the nation’s capitol that day. Black men from across the country took off work to participate. Those who weren’t able to attend in person still participated in worship services focusing on building a healthy Black community. But something else happened, too.

The Million Man March was one of the largest gatherings in American history. It resulted in increased political power, stronger Black families, and fewer Black children falling victim to the system. We already know what it takes to destroy oppression and white supremacy – ALL of us coming together!

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