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Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Justice or Else rally takes place Saturday, Oct. 10 in Washington D.C. The upcoming rally marks the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

Twenty years ago, more than one million African-American men gathered in the nation’s capital for a day of atonement on Oct. 16, 1995. Thousands are expected to attend this year’s event centered around social justice.

It was approximately three weeks ago when Min. Farrakhan said on TV One’s NewsOne Now that the first issue to be addressed at the Justice or Else rally is a call for a boycott of Christmas.

The leader of the Nation of Islam told host Roland Martin:

“We intend to boycott Christmas, but not Jesus,” said Farrakhan. “So on Black Friday, we won’t be there.”

Farrakhan’s call for a boycott asked African-Americans not to spend their money on material goods during the holiday shopping season in an attempt to “pull that money out of the economy.”

A similar action was instituted by Black activists in 2014.

Friday morning on TV One’s NewsOne Now, Rev. Willie Wilson, Ph.D, Co-convener of the Justice or Else rally, joined Martin to discuss Saturday’s rally detailing the event’s agenda.

Rev. Wilson told host Roland Martin the event begins a 7AM ET.

“We’re not coming to beg, this is not a celebration, this is not a joy trip.” He added this time around, those in attendance are coming to “make a demand” on the United States government.

Wilson explained that Justice or Else plans to address the violence plaguing the African-American community with a “two-pronged approach:” one confronting police killings of African-Americans, and another, inter-community violence.

He continued, “We have strategies and plans to address many of the issues, but we’re challenging the government in a country that speaks of fairness and justice and equality to, in fact, flesh that out in terms of what it does.”

Wilson told Martin that the Justice or Else rally will also be composed of representatives from nearly 40 Native American tribes, along with representatives from the Latino community. Rev. Wilson said women’s justice, judicial justice, educational justice, Latino justice, as well as Native American justice will be addressed tomorrow.

Watch Roland Martin; Rev. Willie Wilson, Ph.D; Jamira Burley, Senior Campaigner, Amnesty International USA; and Tiffany Loftin, Campaign Strategist/Former USSA President, discuss the Justice or Else rally in the video clip above.


Million Man March: 20 Years Later | A NewsOne Now Primetime Special

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, TV One will also present a special two-hour block of programming on Friday, Oct. 9 from 8-10 p.m. ET. The evening’s programming, presented by Roland Martin, will feature the network’s premiere of documentary The Million Man March Story, including a one-hour NewsOne Now primetime roundtable special. Hosted by actor Malik Yoba, The Million Man March Story features behind-the-scenes footage and unique coverage of speeches by Minister Louis Farrakhan, Maya Angelou, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rosa Parks, Dorothy Height and Stevie Wonder.


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