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Millon Man March Honored

Updated on October 11, 2015
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Marc is a journalist and event planner who has long been involved in the cultural world of Durham. Can also find me on other social media.

Recognizing that many things have changed, but much work remains to be done, Thousands descended on Washington again for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

Yes, we have our first Minority president winding down his final term which will end with the election of 2016 and a new president being sworn in during 2017, and yes Barack Obama was at the original March on Washington in October of 1995.

Speaking of which, I was in attendance only in spirit as I was house sitting for a friend who was I believe there. But, I watched many of the speeches on TV and was definitely inspired by the message of hope and promise, and yes from that march, new ideas and new groups were formed.

But, sometimes I wonder, what true accomplishments were made, and what can be done this time to make sure that we are not dwelling on problems, but are instead finding solutions..

Here are statistics on some of the problems and some that have not changed...

  • The unemployment rate for African-American men in October 1995 was 8.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In September 2015 it was 8.9 percent.
  • In 1995, 73.4 percent of African-American men had high school degrees. In 2004, 84.3 percent did, according to the Census Bureau.
  • Law enforcement agencies made 3.5 million arrests of blacks in 1994, which was 30.9 percent of all arrests, the FBI said. (By comparison, they made 7.6 million arrests of whites that year, which was 66 percent of all arrests.) By 2013, the latest available data, African-American arrests had decreased to 2.5 million, 28 percent of all arrests.

One thing that was clearly seen in this new March is that there are new leaders coming up, and some of them are coming out of the Black Lives Matter movement. They are tired of being profiled and targeted by law enforcement and others..

Farrakhan spoke against domestic violence, and four language at the newer march, and yes, it does look like a lot of people still take credence in what he says....

I look forward to seeing what changes come out of the Million March in 2015.......and maybe on the 25th or 30th or 40th anniversary of the March, I will actually make it, as this time work and life got in the way again....

After all, it was a anniversary of the Civil Rights March that finally got me up to DC for a similar event one time...


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      Marc Lee 2 years ago from Durham, NC

      Yes, there are still a lot of issues that were being dealt with now that still haven't been resolved and which must be addressed......and yes, the landmarks must be honored regularly but also assessed...What they have accomplished, ,what they have yet to accomplish, and sometimes new goals must be set...

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      Credence2 2 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      1995 seems so long ago now. I still think that there are fundamental issues of concern to the black community from within and without that have yet to be addressed. The fact that we can and did circle the wagons for a critical moment is noteworthy, we just need to do it longer, harder and more frequently Thanks for commemorating this landmark event!!