Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of The Million Man March, and organizer, Louis Farrakahn dubbed this gathering the “Justice or Else” march.
“I plan to deliver an uncompromising message and call for the government of the United States to respond to our legitimate grievances,” Farrakhan said in a statement.
Farrakhan also praised the young protesters behind Black Lives Matter. He called them the next leaders of the civil rights movement and called on older leaders to support them.
Nation of Islam minister Nuri Muhammad called out the “Blu Klux Klan”, during his fiery speech, presumably referencing police, saying “Every other day we see a young black male being murdered by the Blu Klux Klan.”
“And we came today to tell the United States government and all the wicked white oligarchy at the top of the power structure of this world that we love our children the same way you love your children,” he added before referencing the killings of Trayvon Martin and others.
Although the majority of the crowd at the Million Man March were African American males, there were a number of women and children there too.
A female Native American speaker led a crowd in a chant of “down, down USA” at the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
In her speech, the woman claimed that former Libyan dictator Muammar “Gaddafi is still alive” and called on President Obama to pardon Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist who was convicted of murdering two FBI officers in 1975.
At one point the woman held up what appeared to be a flag of the Black Panther group.