October 18, 1995 |
After rallying in Washington to change destructive attitudes and behavior in the black community, an army of African American men are returning to their homes across the country to face the challenge of giving concrete meaning to their historic day of atonement. But how do they do that? The answer, judging from the comments and reactions of many who attended Monday's "Million Man March," is not simple.
October 10, 1997 |
After months of mobilizing and fund-raising, throngs of women plan to pour into Philadelphia for a "Million Woman March" and daylong rally that they hope will revitalize black families and communities. Organizers told city officials that they expect 500,000, but the organizers hope a million-plus will join the two-mile march Oct. 25 that will begin at Independence Hall.
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October 7, 1995 |
Willie Wilson and Earl Trent Jr. are African American, both pastors and leaders of churches in the nation's capital that are affiliated with the black Progressive National Baptist Convention. Both men also hold strong feelings about the "Million Man March," an Oct. 16 rally in Washington organized by controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to spiritually rejuvenate America's black men. But that's where the similarities end.
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September 30, 1995
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has called on black men to march in Washington Oct. 16 as a day of atonement and reconciliation. Though women were not invited to the march itself, many are helping to organize it. All blacks were asked to stay away from school, work, and entertainment to mark the day. Many Protestant ministers and African American social, political and professional organizations have endorsed the effort.
October 25, 1997 |
Along the East Coast, from the South and the Midwest, women drove or boarded buses, planes or trains Friday bound for the Million Woman March. Philadelphia hotels and homes filled up with people for today's march and rally, designed to strengthen bonds in the black community and lift women's spirits. "I've been hearing about it all the time. It's been real exciting just to be a part of history," said Jackie Wright, 53, who arrived early from Okemos, Mich.
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June 5, 1996 |
A proposed "Million Woman March" inspired by the "Million Man March" in Washington last fall will not take place this month in Los Angeles, after the Los Angeles Police Commission's denial Tuesday of a permit for the event.
October 16, 1995 |
As thousands of buses carrying African American men converged on the nation's capital Sunday, supporters and critics of the "Million Man March" agreed that it will sharpen racial feelings--for better or for worse--across the country. Coming on the heels of the O.J. Simpson verdicts and other racially polarizing events, the march has simultaneously raised hopes and fears about what it will accomplish after the participants have gone home.
September 6, 1998 |
This weekend in Atlanta, young people were set to gather for the Million Youth Movement, sponsored by the NAACP, the Nation of Islam and leaders of the civil rights community. Another rally--named the Million Youth March (after the Million Man March of 1995)--was scheduled in New York. The controversy over the latter threatens to drown out the message of both. The New York gathering was called by Khalid Abdul Muhammad.
October 15, 1995 |
In the cultural wars by which leadership is won, few tools could match the cleverness of the Million Man March. The vague call for atonement and reconciliation by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and a slow-growing list of more mainstream black leadership summons every black man to define for himself the myriad meanings of his manhood and then accept them as the call of the march itself.