Million Youth Movement Marchers Gather on the East Coast and in the South
Miller, Robert G., Diversity Employers
The nation was treated this past Labor Day weekend to not one but two Million Youth Movement events in New York City and Atlanta on September 5 and 7 respectively.
The New York City march in Harlem, promised earlier as a follow-up to the Million Man March in Washington in 1995 and the Million Woman March in Philadelphia last year, drew thousands of people. It was primarily organized by Khallid Abdul Muhammad, a former aide to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Endorsements for the event came from a cross section of entertainers, athletes and civil rights activists including Rev. Al Sharpton of New York.
The theme for the rally was "Black Power into the Year 2000, Keeping it Real, Saving Our Youth, Securing Our Future." Among the things marchers called for were ending gang conflict, creating youth community security groups, and dedicating themselves to nation building. The march and rally staged over the objections of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was marked by a heavy show of police force resulting in officers storming the stage at the end of the court-ordered parade permit. The mayor labeled the event "a march of hate" while Rev. Sharpton criticized the mayor for not allowing a "grace period" of several minutes before shutting down the rally.
Meanwhile, their numbers only reached nearly 400 at a closing event in Atlanta on Labor Day, but as one organizer described it, this event was "very peaceful, dignified, and proud." The marchers, mostly young African Americans, marched Million through the historic neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born and rallied across the street from Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King once preached. There were several weekend events in Atlanta involving thousands of people from throughout the nation which culminated in the Labor Day march and rally. …