The Day a Million Black Men Gathered to Unite in Brotherhood and Peace

Written by Jae Jones

Do you remember the day when over a million gathered in Washington, D.C to declare their right to justice, to atone for their failure as men and accept the responsibility of being the family head? On Monday, October 16, 1995 these men gathered in Washington to learn, fast, pray, listen, and share their experiences with one another. The march was organized by Minister , and over a million men heard his call for them to stand up and march on Washington. There were so many stories people told on how they got to Washington, and what they had to endure to get there. The day produced a spirit of brotherhood, love, and unity that had never before been experienced among men in America.

“The was one of the most historic organizing and mobilizing events in the history of Black people in the United States,” said Chicago-based Dr. Conrad Worrill, who was a main organizer of the March. There was no violence; it was a peaceful march. Congress shut down that day, and President William Clinton was “out of town.”  There was a lot of media outlet coverage from around world. Probably waiting and anticipating when the violence was going to take place. However, the world did not see thieves, criminals and savages as usually portrayed through mainstream music, movies, and other forms of media; on that day, the world saw a vastly different picture of the Black man in America.


These men traveled near and far just to prove to the world that they were not who people were saying they were. However, today, the media is still years later portraying the to be criminals, savages, thieves, and angry violent Black men.  According to the Nation of Islam, “during Minister Farrakhan’s message to the millions gathered in the mall and those watching on television around the world that day, he explained to the world the need for atonement, and he laid out the eight steps of atonement. Thus, for the past 18 years, people gather, reflect and observe the Holy Day of Atonement. At the conclusion of the March, the millions of men repeated a pledge given by Minister Farrakhan that focused on a personal commitment to be responsible and active in improving the Black community. The purpose was for Black men to take responsibility for their own actions, and to help develop their own communities, and to atone for their lack of responsibility. Many of the men assembled took the pledge given that day seriously and have been actively involved in making their word bond ever since.”

The world has seen a big change in the African-American men from that day until now. There have been many communities improved and adopted by Black men. These men have tried to make a change for the younger generations. There have been more Black-owned businesses that help been developed to help give back to the Black communities. Most importantly more men are trying to become a family unit, and build a stable home for their families. Read more about the march here.




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Jae Jones

Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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