Hundreds and thousands of African-American men and women gathered on the National Mall in Washington DC, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March.
A handful of Hip-Hop celebrities were spotted in the crowd. J Cole, Young Jeezy, Diddy, Common, Jay Electronica, Jisiri X, Dave Chappelle, radio host Big Boy and Yazz the Great (Hakeem from “Empire”) were seen floating around.
Rapper Mysonne, a member of the Justice League New York, got the crowd hyped when he delivered a dope acapella verse
The “Justice or Else” protest was emceed by National Coordinator and activist, Tamika Mallory. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the family of Sandra Bland Trayvon Martin’s mother Sabrina Fulton sp0ke out against police brutality. Trayvon Martin’s defense attorney Benjamin Crump (pictured above) reminded the audience that “Black Lives Matter” as he ran down dozens of names who had been killed by police over the last few years.
The entire place was locked down with a show of force with most of the security handled by The Nation’s Fruit of Islam (FOI).
The Capitol Police were everywhere as well. Hundreds of armed police officers were on the streets, in the crowd, next to the stage hovering above in a helicopter and on positioned on the roof of the Capitol building.
By the time the minister gave his 2-hour speech around 1:15 PM, the entire National Mall was packed. While actual figures are not available, we heard numbers ranging from 250,000 to 750,000 people showed up.
Minister Louis Farrakhan condemned the U.S. government and its foreign policies saying it’s human hypocritical since there’s so much violence against Black people happening in the country. The Minister also named checked Ben Carson and compared the Republican Presidential field to a “whore” who prostitutes for money.
Minister Louis Farrakhan issued instructions to all educators during his speech, calling for an end to white supremacy in learning institutions’ course materials and textbooks.