At a time when America appears to be in the throes of the pre-civil rights era, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan formally announced a redux of the Million Man March on the legendary event’s 20th anniversary this fall in Washington, D.C.
During a speech made on Wednesday at a Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Washington, Farrakhan said the rally is scheduled for Oct. 10th at the National Mall, the site of the 1995 march.
Two decades after the historic gathering of African American men that stretched from the steps of the Capitol to the grounds of the Washington Monument, Louis Farrakhan was back in form during a two-hour address where he offered a scorching critique of race relations in the United States, politicians and even church leaders, for not doing more to prevent incidents like the mass shooting at a church in South Carolina.
“These are not the times for weak people, for cowardly people,” said Farrakhan, who announced that the Oct. 10 event on the Mall in response to a range of social ills he said are plaguing African Americans, including police shootings and other attacks against people of color.
Farrakhan, who came to town with a large contingency of Nation of Islam members, shared the pulpit with AME church leaders as well as Rev. Willie Wilson, pastor of the Union Temple Baptist Church, and Benjamin ChavisMuhammad, who played a key role in the Million Man March on Oct 16, 1995.