by Meleah Holmes
“28 hours from now police will have murdered someone black” according to Justiceorelse.com, the official website of the 2015 Million Man March.
20 years ago, police brutality towards African-Americans was an ongoing issue in America and, 20 years late, police brutality towards African-Americans is still an issue.
In 1995, Minister Louis Farrakhan called the first Million Man March in Washington D.C. on the National Mall. The theme this year is “Justice or Else.”
Police brutality and the unfair treatment of African-Americans was what fueled the fire in the hearts of so many black men, women and children to gather and march hand-in-hand 20 years ago. This year will mark the 20th anniversary since the first Million Man March. The march this year will be held at 10:00 a.m. on October 10.
The official website for the Million Man March (http://www.justiceorelse.com/) explains this year’s theme. “The failure of the United States government to give justice to its former slaves require that we present ourselves in unity to make the demand for justice or else.”
Norfolk State University will be providing transportation for students to attend The Million Man March this year. Each student must pay $10 in order to attend. The university providing transportation for students is a great campus resource; otherwise, the trip to D.C. may have been pricey between the cost of gas and parking alone.
This march is not only open to African-Americans, it is open to all races, ethnic backgrounds and sexual preferences.
The Million Man March official website says “From the slaughter of Native Americans to the unjust lynchings of African Americans, the only thing ‘new’ are the methods and uniforms of the perpetrators.”
There are 10 spots left on the bus, as of September 24, for Norfolk State University students that would like to attend the Million Man March. Visit the Student Activities Office on the third floor of the Student Center to sign up and claim your spot.