Starting Date: 10-14-2005
Ending Date: 10-16-2005
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
United StatesWhy should there be a commemoration of the historic Million Man March?
This historic event brought nearly two million men to the Nation’s Capitol. It demonstrated the willingness of Black men to atone to God for our shortcomings as men, husbands and fathers; it demonstrated our willingness to reconcile differences at home, school, church, organizations and in the society in general; it demonstrated our willingness to accept responsibility to change our behavior and to strive to make our communities a more decent place to live.
Although many wonderful things have happened as a result of the march, 10 years later, the masses of our people are slipping further behind. We have a larger middle class, many more millionaires and a few billionaires, however, the overall condition of our people is worse. We have more entrepreneurs, more college graduates, more persons holding political office, more Black mayors, city councilors, aldermen, state representatives, city managers, more corporate executives, yet the masses have not been empowered or improved.
The masses of our people are on a Death March into the oven of social deterioration, broken homes, broken marriages, broken minds, broken spirit, evolving from a string of broken promises by government and leadership that has failed to help our people turn around the misery and wretchedness of our condition.
The knowledge to correct the horror of our condition is among us. The potential force and power to cause us to rise as a people is among us. The finance to fuel our rise is also among us.
What then is needed?
It is the unity of our leadership and organizations. Our unity, the pooling of our resources, financially and intellectually will solve 95% of our problems.
TIME DICTATES THE AGENDA
What time is it?
It is time for our leadership to stop thinking and acting solely on behalf of our churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and organizations. It is time for us as leaders to come together and begin to think, plan, and act on behalf of the whole of our people.
Each leader has gradually come to the conclusion that no one organization or leader can solve the many problems we face. Each leader and organization has done the best it could working on its agenda and programs – yet, the masses are slipping further behind.
We have come painfully to the conclusion that we need each other desperately. Allah (God) has given us gifts, skills and talents that must be gathered, harnessed, organized and structured in a way that will enable us to lift our people from where we are to where Allah (God) wants us to be.
Christians, Muslims, Hebrews, Jews, agnostics, nationalists, socialists, men, women and youth are coming together in agreement that the time is now for us to articulate our demands, and to accept our responsibility to change the condition and reality of our lives. Even though we petition the government, our covenant must first be with our Creator and with each other.
This is the challenge of the time. Within us is the will to do this, however, our will must be fed by the insatiable desire to see our people, free, justified and equal with the best in civilized society. Therefore, it is proper that we seize this moment in time, recapture the spirit of the million man, women, youth and family marches, and make the necessary sacrifice to save ourselves and our people.
All of our leaders, teachers and guides who have paid the ultimate price have led us to this moment; all of our people who have died hoping for a better day have led us to this moment; all of those whose hope is lost, who are dying in the streets of America, the homeless, the sick and diseased, those imprisoned, our political prisoners, our veterans, our youth locked in a culture of death, the jobless, the destitute, the forlorn, the abandoned, have led us to this moment in time.
We must seize this moment
There is no better time; there is no more historic occasion than the 10th Anniversary Commemoration of the historic Million Man March to mobilize and organize our people nationally, and, put systems in place that will permit a successful programmatic thrust to bring to fruition what we envision for ourselves and our people.
Toward this end, we must gather the best, brightest and most willing minds to mobilize and organize our people, and to develop short and long range plans and programs for:
spiritual and moral development
To develop the systems necessary to bring these plans and program initiatives to fruition.
We must develop strategic alliances to further our aims. We must never form an alliance from a position of weakness, but, rather from a position of strength.
We must forge unity with the struggle of the African Union to develop Africa, with the Caribbean, Central and South America, with the Isles of the Pacific, and with our Native American Brothers and Sisters. We must develop through the registration process for the mobilization of the commemoration of the Million Man March, a skills bank, the talent of which should be used in the development of our people in the United States and World Wide.
We must demand an end to police brutality and mob attacks.
We must demand an end to the lack of adequate health care and substandard education.
We must demand an end to racial profiling, the herding of our young men and women into prisons and the biological and chemical warfare being perpetrated against our people.
We must demand reparations.
We must demand that America take the appropriate steps to help in the repair of the damage done to the descendants of slaves for 300 years of slavery, 100 years of segregation, and 50 years of the misuse and abuse of governmental power to destroy Black organizations and leaders that have over the years been working to heal the condition of nearly 40 million of our people in America.
To this end, Christians, Muslims, Hebrews, Jews, agnostics, nationalists, socialists, men, women and youth are coming together in agreement that the time is now for us to articulate our demands, and to accept our responsibility to change the condition and reality of our lives. Even though we petition the government, our covenant must first be with our Creator and with each other.
Covenant – A binding and solemn agreement by two or more persons, parties, etc., to do or keep from doing some specified thing; a compact. In theology, the promises of God to man, usually carrying with them conditions to be fulfilled by man, as recorded in the Bible. A solemn agreement between the members of a church, that they will hold to points of doctrine, faith, etc.
Can we logically and practically make a covenant with the Government of the United States before we make a covenant with each other and with our people? We were taught that our word must be our bond. When we break our word we destroy the life of the covenant or the agreement that we have made. It is absolutely necessary that as leaders we must build trust among ourselves. We can only build trust when we strive to keep our word, particularly a solemn agreement or covenant that we make with each other and with our people.
Ever since our fathers set the soles of their feet in the western hemisphere, particularly since the ending of chattel slavery, many promises have been made to us as well as to others by the Government of the United States of America that have been broken because those who have given their word to us and the Native Americans had no intentions of fulfilling what they put on paper as a treaty or what they wrote as a law where we are concerned. Every gain that our leaders and their followers fought, bled, and even died to give us, while we celebrated the success of the agreement or the law, the process began to erode and destroy the life of that agreement.
Therefore, it is wise and prudent that we make a covenant among ourselves as leaders and make a covenant or solemn agreement with our people that we sign, and, in signing declare in our hearts and publicly that our word shall be our bond. In so doing, we as leaders can create the spirit of unity in our people. Then, we need not make a demand. Our unity will command our presence at whatever table, in whatever forum we decide to be a part of and gain for us whatever we desire for our people.
A COVENANT WITH OUR CREATOR
This covenant that is written in the scriptures of the Bible is made with a God whose integrity is bound up in His Word. Since, He cannot lie, and He teaches us in His scriptures that before one jot or tittle of His Word would fail, the heavens and the earth would pass away. So, let us make a covenant with Him. The covenant with Him makes demands on us, and, if we fulfill our part, it is automatic that He will fulfill His.
This is the written covenant with God that is found in the Word of God in the Bible, "If my people which are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven forgive their sins and heal their land." II Chronicles Chapter 7 verse 14.
The burden is on us to fulfill our part. The Qur’an teaches this truth similarly in these words, "Allah will never change the condition of a people until they change within themselves."
My dear brothers and sisters, the burden is on us to change our behavior; to build love, trust and confidence in each other and in our people for us, then, 95% of our problems shall have been solved.
We, as leaders of organizations, must declare that we will never sell out the aspirations of our people for personal wealth, position and advancement in the society of our former slave masters and their children. We must make a covenant with our people to work and sacrifice and be willing to be the good shepherd (leaders) who will lay down our lives for our people.
Let us accept our responsibility and change our behavior to that which will make us more than comrades and brothers, but a behavior that will make us friends and companions in the struggle for the total liberation of our people here and wherever we are found on this earth.
Geographical Scope: National