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Louis Farrakhan leads Million Man March 20 years on

BLACK LIVES MATTER: Led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, black men and women returned to the National Mall on Saturday (Oct 10), calling for changes in policing and in black communities

WASHINGTON DC was a scene of solidarity as thousands lined the streets to mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

Led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, black men and women returned to the National Mall on Saturday (Oct 10), calling for changes in policing and in black communities.

Commemorating the original march held on Oct. 16, 1995, African- American families in their hundreds of thousands rallied once more, this time under the campaign slogan, ‘Justice or else.’

According to The Washington Times Farrakhan delivered a charged wide-ranging speech that lasted for more than two hours.

The controversial leader urged back leaders to show love to one and other, called for more responsibility in the black community for inner-city killings and for the government to investigate recent high-profile killings of unarmed African-American men and women.

Farrakhan also praised the young protesters behind Black Lives Matter. He called them the next leaders of the civil rights movement and called on older leaders to support them.

"We got some fine young men that we arte training. I'm 82 - I don't know how long I got but I'm not worried cause I got a torch lit with the wisdom of good," Farrakhan said.


UNITED WE STAND: Participants assemble at the National Mall during a rally to mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Black men from around the nation returned to the capital calling for changes in policing and in black communities. [PIC CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan Vucci]

In attendance were the families of some of the high profile cases that captivated media attention and inspired the Black Lives Matter movement included the family of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Sandra Bland, an African-American woman found hanged in a Texas jail after a traffic stop.

All three families participated and delivered moving speeches where they urged attendees to not forget the names of their loved ones and not be silent about their deaths.

"We will not continue to stand by and not say anything anymore," said Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton.

"There must come a time when we say enough is enough," the 82-year-old Farrakhan said.

The march was live broadcasted on Revolt, the media arm of hip-hop mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs who was in attendance.

Other celebrities who made in appearance were rappers J Cole, Common, Snoop Dogg and mogul, Russell Simmons.

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