As the weekend echoed with sports broadcasts, routine TV programming, and Columbus Day sales, the 20th Anniversary of The Million Man March was unifying the cries of thousands of voices that, if heard, would have caused its own roaring reverberation around the world.
Unfortunately, the silence of these voices—which are reflective of millions of frustrated and oppressed American citizens—has been largely maintained as none of the nation’s major media outlets provided live coverage.
It’s sad to see the lack of coverage of the #MillionManMarch. The media doesn’t want you to consume real truth and discover the power you have as a citizen of this earth. It was such a blessing and a life changing experience to be at the #MillionManMarch in Washington DC. Minister Farrakhan spoke the most truth and will forever be thankful for being present at such a powerful event. Go Online, check out his speech and thank me later. Love! Fuse ODG #NewAfricaNation #ThisIsNewAfrica #TINA #JusticeOrElse
Could it have been the lack of violence? The absence of hate or negativity? The potential for an unusual depiction of minorities coming together—in peace? Whether there was a reason or lack of, much of Black America expressed their dismay on the social media pages of many news outlets, as well as through their own personal pages.
#SMH @ The #media. #STOP trying to #Brainwash us with #NegativeNews and #START covering the #Positive. We are #Tired of your #Tactics!!!! #Justice WILL #Prevail!!! #MillionManMarch 2015 A photo posted by A’Mirrah Elise (@amirrahelise) on Oct 12, 2015 at 6:56pm PDT
If they didn’t hear the cries, we heard them. As they are reminiscent of a vaguely familiar, yet rusty tune that emerges at the edge of a broken cliff just before realizing it is a part of a persevering mountain.
The historic Million Man March had first taken place in Washington, D.C. on October 16, 1995. It was spearheaded by religious leader, Louis Farrakhan, in order to place black issues back on the nation’s political agenda and combat negative stereotypes particularly about black men.
With a similar but broader mission, the 20th Anniversary of The Million Man March was led by the theme “Justice or Else,” and included an agenda to rally not just for Black Americans, but for Mexicans, Native Americans, Women, the Poor, the Incarcerated and other oppressed groups.
The turnout was massive, with thousands upon thousands of attendees that included an array of women, men and children all black, red or white.
The parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were in attendance as well. The tragedy of Trayvon Martin is what sparked the inception of the Black Lives Matter activist movement, a movement that Farrakhan praised and referred to its creators at the Anniversary March as, “the next leaders of the civil rights movement.”
Given the success, timely relevance and historic value of the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, it’s a wonder to a nation in civil unrest that those who were not able to attend had to struggle to find any kind of coverage on every outlet available, including television and digital media platforms.
It serves as a reminder of why supporting black, as well as small businesses and media platforms is so essential to the integrity and health of our nation. It also serves as an additional reminder that maybe our past leaders were right when they said, “the revolution will not be televised.”
Regardless, cameras there or not, we must continue to all work together to create a better future for not just ourselves but for all future generations to come.
Now signing off with the reminder: Don’t wait for the world to recognize your greatness, live it and let the world catch up to you.