Million Man March
The Million Man March was a political effort to get African Americans men to come together to Washington D.C. in a show of solidarity and to give them greater political strength. It took place on October 16th, 1995. Considered controversial as it was proposed by Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, the march was nevertheless a success approaching the numbers that its title would indicate. According to the 2008 Encyclopedia Britannica,
|“||In 1995, along with other prominent black leaders such as Al Sharpton and Barack Obama, Farrakhan helped lead the Million Man March on Washington.||”|
The crowd heard a day of fiery speeches before disbanding. Voter rolls of African American men increased greatly shortly after the event, another sign that it had achieved its original purpose.
There was controversy as to the number of men who showed up. The organizers said there were 1.5 to 2 million men, while the National Park Service estimated 400,000. The organizers balked and later sophisticated estimating techniques using photographs put the number at about 800,000. Due to the controversy that ensued with the original estimate, the National Park Service will no longer give estimates of number of attendees.