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10.10.15 Million Man March in Washington D.C. Why You Should Care

Notably celebrities put their careers aside to stand with young brothers and sisters to unite in self-help and self-defense against economic and social ills plaguing the African American community in the United States. The only country that is yet still falling behind in valuing the lives and well being of its citizens.

What is the Million Man March?

A mission to convey to the world, and not just United States, but to the world “different picture of the Black male”. This moment began at with the invitation of Minister Louis Farrakhan Sr. leader of the Nation of Islam in 1995 at The National Hall, Washington D.C., Fast forward to 2015, the African American community has adopted this as an historical and peaceful display of human rights tradition.

The Million Man March is the most appropriate forums, where Americans and people of color can speak to the world and convey their daily struggles for the fight for equality and justice for slain youths. This year, the adopted theme was #JusticeOrElseProminent organizations such as National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), were also present and instrumental in putting together the 20th Anniversary of Million Man March.

 

Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Care:  What are Incarceration Trends in America Today?
  • From 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled-from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 million people
  • African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
  • Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population
  • 35% of black children grades 7-12 have been suspended or expelled at some point in their school careers compared to 20% of Hispanics and 15% of white
  • About $70 billion dollars are spent on corrections yearly
  • Prisons and jails consume a growing portion of the nearly $200 billion we spend annually on public safety

Find Out More on Criminal Just Fact Sheet | NAACP 

So ask yourself this question, what purpose does it serve this country to continue to lock away young African American men in prison, while citizens like you and me bear the cost for overcrowded jail systems in America. Even President Barack Obama has spoken publicly social and economic issues facing the black community fell by the wayside of policy debates.

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