Dozens from Central Kentucky Traveled to Million Man March Anniversary Together

Posted November 13, 2015

Lexington's bus riders made a 43-hour trip to and from the Anniversary gathering.

Lexington’s bus riders made a 43-hour trip to and from the Anniversary gathering.

NEWS ANALYSIS – During rush hour on Friday October 9th, entire families, groups of friends and individuals boarded a luxury charter bus departing from the Northside Wal-Mart parking lot. The group embarked on an overnight – turned 43-hour – journey to join a crowd of hundreds of thousands in a cry for justice.
The 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March was commemorated Saturday, October 10th with a gathering on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The theme, given by the Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan, was “Justice Or Else’’.
Each person from the Lexington group was smiling and the mood was joyous as riders selected and relaxed into their seats.
Scott County High School senior, Octavier Guyn encouraged his parents to attend the peaceful protest on the Mall. The elder Guyn, George, said, “I’ve been listening to Min. Farrakhan for the last five or six months and my younger son is real interested and got me and my wife interested in it. I thought it was a great thing to be a part of.’’

20th Anniversary of The Million Man March "Justice or Else" gathering , Washington D.C.

20th Anniversary of The Million Man March “Justice or Else” gathering , Washington D.C.

The younger Guyn, Octavier, anticipated being in the presence of Min. Louis Farrakhan. “You can tell when a powerful Black leader speaks, and when they call you have to come because we don’t have many [leaders]. I’m expecting a powerful unity from all walks of life, Blacks, Hispanics and Indians,’’ Octavier said.
Speakers at the “Justice or Else” rally addressed the high-profile killings of Black men and women at the hands of police, economic empowerment and the need for unity and strong families in the Black community. Absent, were the traditional civil rights leaders. In their place were young leaders like Carmen Perez with the New York Justice League.
The message of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan may have come as a surprise to those expecting controversial rhetoric in his speech.
“We’re here because there’s no justice in this land – not for us,” he said. “Those who continue to suffer the most, the indigenous people of America, those whose ancestors were brought here as burden bearers in chains, we are the ones still seeking civil rights and the human right of self-determination.”
He emphasized the irony of the rally being held on grounds that once served as a marketplace for a bustling slave trade industry.
“This massive house behind me, the White House, was built on the backs and blood of slaves. I believe the spirits of our ancestors are pleased that we have come together in peace with one single goal: achieving long-denied justice and refusing to accept anything less,” Farrakhan said.
During his almost two-hour address, the Minister spoke to the challenges facing Black women, other ethnicities, veterans and Black gays and lesbians. And he said that they all have a place with him and other Muslims across the U.S.
“Some have questioned why I’m talking to those of other races, why I’m talking to women, why I’m talking to our gay brothers and sisters,” he said. “We are all suffering. What good is life if one is not free? There must come a time when we’re willing to say enough is enough and then be willing to do whatever it takes to bring about the change that will secure our freedom.”
Farrakhan said it would be wrong to describe Oct. 10th as simply “a day.”
“This is a movement – not just one day on the calendar. The elders like myself have to begin to pass down the torch to tomorrow’s leaders,” said Farrakhan. “We have a program and an agenda in place. We need to put aside our minor differences if we want real justice. But it will require integrity, selflessness and sacrifice.”

Travelers boarding the bus for the 2-day trip.

Travelers boarding the bus for the 2-day trip.

Thomas Muhammad of Lexington described the day as electric, “very much a love fest for Black people.’’
Comparing 1995 to the 2015 gathering Muhammad said, “This year was about action, duty, organization and making an impact. 20 years ago was an awakening, now we’ve got marching orders.’’
An October 11 planning session at the Washington, D.C. Marriott Marque was hosted by 100 Black Men Of America Inc. The Minister not only concluded the planning session by emphasizing the economic significance of not shopping during the upcoming Christmas holiday season (Black Friday – New Year’s Day), but encouraged the many organizers in the room to make themselves known and to lend their expertise, so we can “become an organized powerful group.”.
“That’s why you’re here,” the 82-year-old Farrakhan said, “to show us the nuts and bolts of organizing,” he told the men and women assembled.
“Teach us so we can go into the community block by block, house by house with a national agenda and an organizational agenda and an organizational plan that you helped to develop,” the Minister continued.
Just a little more than a week after the overwhelming showing of unity during the Justice Or Else themed 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, Farrakhan spoke to a capacity crowd at Nation of Islam international headquarters at Mosque Maryam in Chicago, and announced plans to gather those with organizing skills to facilitate an “economic withdrawal,” through a Christmas spending boycott, aimed at companies nationwide. “We’re about to boycott Christmas! If you love Christ, then to hell with Santa! Up with Jesus! Down with Santa!” he said, as the audience stood and cheered in agreement during the Oct. 18 program.

This is a compilation of the following articles:
Youth voices for justice rise at rally, The Final Call
Farrakhan Advocates for Black Unity, Washington Informer
Thousands Descend Upon D.C. for Justice, Washington Informer
Lexington reporting by Patrice Muhammad

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