This past Saturday, thousands gathered in Washington D.C. to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March and join together for Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Justice or Else rally.
Roland Martin and NewsOne Now attended this weekend’s monumental event and on Monday brought the sights and sounds of the rally to television. In the video clip above, you’ll hear from Rev. Willie Wilson, Pastor Jamal Bryant, Sybrina Fulton, Sharon Cooper (Sister of Sandra Bland), and activist Tamika Mallory.
Minister Louis Farrakhan Gives Stirring Justice Or Else Address
Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered the keynote address at the Justice Or Else rally commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March this past Saturday in Washington D.C.
During the three-hour sermon, Min. Farrakhan addressed a wide range of topics, including his proposed boycott of holiday shopping, the Black Lives Matter movement, human rights violations within the United States, and the call for 10,000 Black men to be trained by the Nation of Islam to stand in the gap in the African-American community.
Min. Farrakhan explained during his remarks that these 10,000 Black men would “stand between the guns” in an attempt to intercede in our communities to stop inter-community violence and police misconduct.
Farrakhan continued, “When we go in our community, to clean it up, guess who we are going to run into? We’re going to run into rogue cops and wicked Black people working together to suck the blood of the poor.”
He later added, “We’re going to expose all your rogue policemen, ’cause you know where they are, they’re in the Black community.”
According to Min. Farrakhan, the rogue police officers are in the African-American community for the same reason that former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson wanted to be in the Black community — “because that is where the fun is.”
“You kill us and blame it on another gang,” Farrakhan said. “But your days of having fun on our suffering is about to come to an end.”
Justice Or Else: Justice League Activists Talk Next Steps In Movement
Roland Martin spoke with Justice League NYC activists Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Carmen Perez about Minister Louis Farrakhan’s address during Justice or Else and the next steps following the historic rally.
Though the event is over, Mallory said, “The work ahead is going to be more significant than what we did today.”
“We often get caught up in event planning, but we’re talking about life-planning — how are we going to go forward. I think that is where the real work is going to lie,” said Mallory.
Sarsour told Martin the next steps following this weekend’s rally involves “economic withdrawal, using our wealth and using our power.”
She continued, “I think uniting the people first to go back into the communities, talking to the young people, showing self-love so that we can then go out together as one. Black and Brown people, indigenous people just like we saw here today.”
Perez told Martin that activists can approach violence in our communities by both addressing police violence and inner-community violence, saying, “it’s not mutually exclusive, we can do both.”