Jax JLOC, MMM “Get Back on the Bus Tour” Decends upon D.C. for Justice or Else

On Friday October 9, at 4 p.m. in the evening, Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc., sponsored a luxury bus cruiser and departed from the Norwood Shopping Center and headed to Washington, D.C. to attend the Historic 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, “Justice or Else” rally. The bus was loaded with people of diverse backgrounds and religions. In Brunswick, Ga. the tour bus made a stop to pick up a group of people with the same mind set and eventually the bus arrived in Washington, D.C. to cool brisk weather at 8:23 a.m. “Justice or Else” was the theme of the rally organized by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. The first march was held on October 16, 1995, and drew attendees most of them black men to Washington from all over the country for more than 12 hours of speeches calling on black men to take responsibility for improving themselves. During the trip, bus riders came together and shared stories of the first Million Man March and how it was the most powerful message they heard from the first march and was looking forward to hearing what Minister Louis Farrakhan had to say. After arriving at the rally Saturday, October 10th, the group was eager to participate with other rally attendee’s from around the country. Minister Farrakhan was scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. Before Minister Farrakhan lecture, ministers took to the podium and expressed idioms demanding justice for all men and women. Other program speakers included:

Attorney Benjamin Crump, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton who commented, “there must be justice not only for my son but for other young black men who’ve been killed, and the police department clears it by saying it was justified.” Attorney Benjamin Crump was welcomed to the podium and read a list of names of young men and women who were hurt or killed due to nonviolence: Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Jahi Adisa Bakari and many more. “I was very excited to be on this bus trip, I knew of Minister Louis Farrakhan but I never attended the very first Million Man March and I was going there to hear what the minister and leader of the Nation of Islam had to say. When we first got there I was able to look all around and see thousands of people as they walked towards our nation’s capital. I had the pleasure of meeting minister Rasul Mohammed, the son of the Nation of Islam’s eternal leader The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Mother Tynnetta Muhammad. I am very appreciative of the experience and was in awe of the crowd and will take heed to the messengers of the presenters,” said photographer David Wright. JLOC, MMM Organizer Brother Andre Muhammad was also overwhelmed with excitement, “The bus was loaded with people of diverse backgrounds and religions. No little u’s or big i’s just people with a desire to make a commitment to do what we can to assure a better future for the generations that will succeed us on this planet.” D. Wright Photos


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