22 years ago I paid $50 for a round trip bus ticket that would change my life. The trip would take me to Washington DC for the Million Man March organized by Minister Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. I was 23 years old with no direction or focus trying to find out more about me. Injustice towards Black people was just as prevalent as it is today. This injustice and economic empowerment were the focal point. A sea of Black men came together in order for the world to take notice and make a change.
There were a few things I came back to Chicago with after my trip. I recognized the power of coming together for one common cause. I developed an understanding of what the Black man means to our families and to our country. I also learned the concept of being self sustaining through ownership and business The most important lesson I learned on that day was the one of forgiveness.
October 16th 1995 was more than a gathering of one million Black men calling for freedom justice and equality. It was also the day of atonement. A day to ask for forgiveness for anything that you may have done that harmed someone. It was a day to sincerely work towards making a mends.
22 years later Black people find themselves in a situation where it feels like the establishment is looking to turn back time. The only difference now is that so many of us are so distracted from the reality of this and we don’t even notice what is happening. We have relinquished our freedom to a screen. In this moment it is imperative that we claim our freedom and get better at the same time.
In the spirit of The Million Man March I am taking this moment to apologize to anyone I have wronged in any way. I am atoning for my sins before the creator. I do this in order to move forward with a clear focus and mind in order to change my circumstance and the circumstance of Black people. Long Live The Spirit of The Million Man March.
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