WASHINGTON, D.C. (WRIC) — Thousands crowded the Washington, D.C. National Mall today for the 20th anniversary of the Million man March — a day meant to bring attention to oppression and encourage responsibility in communities across the country.
“For 20 years they’ve been trying to hide the vote, while we’re trying to rock the vote,” said Rev. Jamal Bryant.
Organizers used the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington to call for justice for groups they say have been marginalized.
Michael Brown, Sr., whose son’s death sparked the Ferguson, Missouri protests, was one of many speakers.
“The family just wanna thank everyone for all the support,” said Brown.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said young people are the future of the cause.
“What good are we if we don’t prepare young people to carry the torch?” said Farrakhan.
No stranger to U.S. politics and scandal, himself, Farrakhan called out political leaders for corruption and dishonesty.
“If you love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, nobody could give you enough money to make you betray yourself,” he said.
He added that the presidential election and the amount spent on lobbyist gifts are a “farce.”
“There is no government on earth, not one, that can give the people what the people desire,” said Farrakhan.