#Justiceorelse: This Year’s Million Man March

Minister Louis Farrakhan announced the theme of this year’s Million Man March.

This year, which also happens to mark the 20th anniversary of the historic gathering, will be housed around the theme, “Justice Or Else!”

The call for equal and fair treatment comes amid racial divisions in the country that continue to permeate society. From police brutality to the tragic murder of nine Black churchgoers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, change and justice for people of color is necessary.

“Our hearts ache at the murders of Pastor Clementa Pinckney and those who died after welcoming someone into their church as a refuge and place of healing,” said Minister Farrakhan in a statement sent to JET. “This heinous act targeted a strong, young Black leader and was an assault on a Black institution steeped in the struggle for freedom, justice and equality which goes back to the great 19th century freedom fighter Denmark Vesey, who was killed for planning to throw off the shackles and tyranny of slavery.”

Minister Farrakhan, joined by co-convener Rev. Willie Wilson of Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., plans to speak directly to the American government by addressing the challenges faced by Blacks in the country during the march on Oct. 10.

“Justice and equity cannot wait any longer and in October we will remember those killed in Charleston, those killed before Charleston and those killed in fratricidal violence in the Black community that must end,” Farrakhan said.  “We feel the intense pain of our Christian brothers and sisters at this moment and we stand with them. We are one community and an attack on the church is an attack on the mosque and an attack on the synagogue.”

The very first Million Man March, which took place in 1995, drew nearly two million men to Washington for the largest public demonstration in U.S. history and the largest gathering of Black men in the world.

More information about “Justice Or Else!” is available at Keep up with the movement on social media via the #justiceorelse hashtag on Twitter and at the official Justice Or Else page on Facebook.