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Rekindling the Spirit of the Million Man March

Jehron Muhammad | 9/28/2011, 11:29 a.m.
Philadelphia prepares to host 16th anniversary weekend focused on hunger, violence and politics...

"We have the means and ability to stop street violence by collective action in our communities, not by organizational competition. In many instances we can demonstrate our strength in combating this problem by working together. We should begin finding ways where we can collectively impact this problem and stop the fragmentation that seems to plague every step toward progress. A direct-action, frontline coalition of leaders and organizations is the best way to confront this problem at the neighborhood level. It will be difficult and vocal but we must pool our talent for the greater good."

"The main thing about the Million Man March that makes it so important in our history, is that it was a march that we created on our own, and we paid for it on our own. It brought about a unity for the first time, a unity of Black men, coming together for common cause and to face a common problem. It brought us from every area of persuasion that you could find us, in America," Min. Muhammad continued. "There were Christians, Muslims, nationalists, integrationists and separatists. From every philosophical and religious persuasion and political persuasion, you could find us there at the Million Man March."