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A look back at the Million Man March, 25 years later

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Twenty-five years ago, Martin Luther King, III -- son of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- was in Washington, DC, standing in front of hundreds of thousands of other Black men.

It was a brisk day in the nation's capital and King, then in his late 30s, was preparing to speak during the Million Man March on October 16, 1995.

"That probably was one of the largest demonstrations of Black men that had ever been done in terms of the United States," King told CNN.

The brainchild of Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, the march saw Black men from all over the country gather for more than 12 hours of speeches.

But the march was not about the controversial leader, but rather a call to Black men to uplift themselves, their families and their communities.

The Rev. Al Sharpton also spoke that day 25 years ago, having pushed the event to also bring up the political issues of the time: Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America" and the 1994 crime bill.

Whereas 25 years ago, many Black people were fighting against bad legislation, Sharpton said they are now able fight for good legislation instead -- pointing to the recent George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. And today's issues are slightly different, King said.

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