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Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March Inspired 1.5 Million Black Voters To Vote For The First Time In 1996

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Martin Luther King Jr. made history in 1963 when he rallied 250,000 people for his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington. Over 30 years later, Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan tripled this figure in his Million Man March, drawing 850,000 African Americans to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 1995 to protest social injustices against the black community.

The Nation of Islam Leader’s message was simple: if you are African American and are tired of the systemic oppression of the black race in the United States, come out in force. He also used the platform, according to BlackPast, to rally the African-American community to unite and improve their social well-being and network.

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The Million Man March was viewed as a movement to rekindle the spirit of the African-American community, and it received the support of many religious institutions and community organizations throughout the United States.

Those who could not participate in the march due to distance or illness were asked not to report to work and to stay at home. In addition, they were not to send their children to school in support of the protest. Farrakhan also requested that demonstrators and supporters refrain from making any purchases on October 16, 1995, in order for American society to recognize Blacks’ contributions to the national economy.

Key figures and civil rights activists such as Jesse Jackson, Rosa Parks, Dick Gregory, and Benjamin Chavis backed the Nation of Islam’s Leader. Maya Angelou, whose poetry was about the rebirth of the African American, and Stevie Wonder entertained the crowd.

The African Americans in attendance were encouraged to reconnect with their spiritual roots and to make God the center of their lives. They were also encouraged to use their voting rights to register and build Black political power.

Thousands of demonstrators pledged to stand by their families, to avoid violence, including physical and verbal abuse of their spouses and children, and to stand firm against violence against other people. They also pledged to abstain from drugs and alcohol while focusing on growing black businesses and strengthening their social networks and cultural institutions in black communities.

They were encouraged to follow through on their pledge once they returned to their respective homes and become the change makers they had promised to be. Though many of the pledges were not fully carried out by the thousands of participants, there were two significant events that campaigners attributed to the March’s influence.

The first was that over 1.5 million Black voters registered to vote for the first time following the March. The second finding was that the number of black children adopted by African-American families increased significantly.

 

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