March in D.C. for national black movement

Oct. 15, 2005 at 4:38 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Saturday's Millions More March attracted thousands of people to Washington to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March.

Turnout was smaller this time, the Washington Post reported, even though the Millions More March was open to women and the platform to elected officials.

Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam, tried to make the Millions More March inclusive, welcoming everyone to attend.

Farrakhan said the goal is to get black people in the United States to collaborate on issues such as education, police brutality, poverty and the jail and prison rates of African-American males.

Archbishop G. Augustus Stallings Jr. of the African-American Catholic Congregation said one way to bring black people together is to bridge the gap between Catholics and Muslims.

The Million Man March was the largest demonstration ever in Washington, although its numbers probably fell somewhat short of its name. Critics have since said the event was a one-day wonder that failed to spark any long-term action.

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