Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz, a co-convener of the 2005 Million Man March and National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party, is holding town hall meetings and conferences in support of the Million Man March 10th anniversary.
Shabazz will be making appearances at historically black colleges across the nation, including North Carolina A&T State University and Clark Atlanta University. Shabazz will also be traveling to Dallas, Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Rockford, Illinois.
The first Million Man March took place on October 16, 1995 and was one of the largest marches ever seen on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan organized the march and asked participants to pledge to “clean up their lives and rebuild their neighborhoods.”
Howard University student Tunicia Walker supports the Nation of Islam in their efforts for a second Million Man March.
“The first Million Man March shocked so many people because of the large turnout,” Walker said, a senior biology major.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if this year’s march is bigger and better.”
Senior Tiffany Ellison agrees.
“Issues pertaining to black men and the African American race need to be discussed,” said Ellison, chemistry major from Macon, Georgia. “The Million Man March would be the perfect time to discuss those issues.”
As a result of the Million Man March other marches took place, such as the Million Woman March in New Jersey and the Million Family March in Washington, D.C.
“The 10th anniversary of the Million Man March will be held October 16 of this year, advocating “unity, atonement, and brotherhood.”