On The 20th Anniversary Of The Million Man March, Hip-Hop Shows Up

Today (October 10), a protest march was held in the nation’s capital. Washington, D.C. played host to the Justice Or Else March, a gathering intended to raise awareness and protest against police violence against Black Americans, among other races profiled and brutalized by law enforcement.

Symbolically, today’s march was held in the same setting on the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. In both instances, Nation Of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan led and participated in the event. According to a CNN report, Minister Farrakhan called the Black Lives Matter movement and its young organizers “future leaders.” Dr. Benjamin Chavis and United States Representative Danny K. Davis were among those who participated in 1995 and 2015.

At today’s organized event, Hip-Hop artists were among the many thousands in attendance. Acts relevant 20 years ago, including Snoop Dogg and Puff Daddy were present. Additionally, Jay Electronica was photographed marching, as was J. Cole—a participant in some of the New York City Black Lives Matter protests of the last year after Eric Garner’s murder, as well as 2014 Ferguson, Missouri protests, following the murder of Michael Brown. Puffy’s Revolt TV provided on-the-grounds coverage of the event.

Do you think Hip-Hop’s solidarity with the voice of justice is affecting change?

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