On October 16th, 1995, the first ever Million Man March took place at the Nation’s Capitol. October 10th, 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the historic march. Both marches were led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, and both marches had several speakers as well as known public figures attend in support of the movement.
This year’s theme was #JusticeOrElse, which was the popular hashtag that Social Delta, and everybody else used to share all their thoughts and pictures of this year’s march. What was inspiring about this year’s march was that, the first march was geared mostly to men, but this year, it was more inclusive with plenty of women and children in the crowd participating in this historic moment. Benjamin Chavis, a civil rights leader who spoke at the march, told the crowd that the United States has “made some progress” because in 1995 an Illinois senator was a participant in the march, and in 2015 that man is who we call our President. Barack Obama was not at this year’s march because he was in San Fransisco, CA for a Democratic National Convention (DNC) Fundraiser.
At 10 minutes to 1:00 PM, Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, got on the podium at the National Mall and spoke out about how there is a huge human rights issue going on in the United States. “We will not continue to stand by and not say anything anymore”, she told the youthful and energetic crowd. Posted below is the timeline of the event and the spike where the orange bubble is seen represents the influx of tweets that were tweeted when Ms. Fulton addressed the crowd. Her speech was the one moment that had twitter users talking the most. I believe that is because the unfortunate killing of her son was the first of the Digital Generation’s time and what sparked the fuse within us to want to be the change we hope to see for the world.
There was a lot of hope and unity in the crowd as the Digital Generation came together and chanted rapper Kendrick Lamar’s popular song, “Alright” in acknowledgement of where we have come and were we still have to go as a nation. There is a lot of hope for the new generation to keep taking this stand and pave the way to end all aspects of inequality in the United States across the board. The older generation sees it in the young adults, and the young adults see it in themselves as well to change the nation – for better.