Another day for the history books! The 20th anniversary of the Million Man March went down in D.C. yesterday bringing out thousands of people, including YBF celebs J. Cole, Diddy, Jeezy, Snoop Dogg, Dave Chappelle and Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan. Peep the pics inside….
Yesterday, tens of thousands of people flocked to the U.S. Capitol to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. Back in October 1995, the march was restricted to black men only, but for the 20th anniversary march, men, women and children were all invited to help protest against the injustices plagued by the black community. Even Native Americans and Latinos were also in the mix.
Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, who orchestrated the original march and this one, took the podium to speak before the huge crowd gathered at the National Mall in Washington. And if you were wondering what the crowd looked like, here’s a peek:
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Yes…folks showed up and kept it peaceful as they rallied and protested for the “Justice or Else” themed protest. The “Black Lives Matter” movement was in full force protesting for the unarmed black men we’ve lost at the hands of law enforcement. Folks trekked the streets chanting Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” lyrics as they held signs calling for action and change.
During Minister Farrakhan’s speech, the 82-year-old activist said,
“There must come a time when we say enough is enough. If I ask you your nationality, you’ll point to some little spot on the map that you think defines you … ‘I’m from Georgia’ – well good for you. ‘I’m from Jamaica, mon, You are defined by the nature in which you were created.”
He also praised those behind the “Black Lives Matter” movement, calling them the next leaders of the civil rights movement.
In the crowd:
Conscious rapper J. Cole, who penned a song in memory of slain unarmed teen Mike Brown and joined protests in Ferguson, was right in the mix with the people. He made his way through the crowd showing his support at the historic event.
Hip Hop mogul Diddy and rapper Jeezy were front-and-center to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. Diddy captioned on Instagram, “Front row with my brother @Jeezy listening to @LouisFarrakhan!! Watch the live stream NOW at Revolt.TV!! @revolttv #JusticeOrElse”
Philanthropist Russell Simmons came out to show his support.
Snoop Dogg made sure he would be in attendance. Right after hosting the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta, the west coast rapper hopped on a flight to D.C. for the festivities.
Oscar winner Common, looking GOODT, was also in the crowd showing his support.
“EXTRA” correspondent AJ Calloway snapped it up with his Omega Psi Phi fraternity brothers at the U.S. Capital.
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars Porsha Williams, Phaedra Parks and Sheree Whitfield came out to show their support. Phaedra and Sheree brought their sons to witness the Million Man March rally. Oh..and Sheree’s son…he’s a hottie.
The ladies even got the chance to snap it up with Trayvon Martin’s mom Sabrina Fulton and his older brother Jahvaris Fulton.
“Empire” star Bryshere “Yazz” Gray and his manager Charlie Mack brought their whole crew out dressed in all black.
Radio personality Big Boy was in the mix.
“Love & Hip Hop: New York” star Yandy Smith, her husband Mendeecees and their son Mendeecees Jr. were in attendance.
Dr. Cornel West was spotted in the huge crowd.
Comedian Dave Chappelle came out of hiding for the ceremony.
As he made his rounds, he caught up with rapper Jay Electronica where they greeted each other with a hug:
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