100 Strangers: Million Man March 2015, Washington, D.C.

Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated

"What brought me to the march was the fact that issues we face as African American's were being brought to the surface to make change. The change in which will bring about laws and hold the justice system accountable for protecting our lives as equal citizens. I hope that we wake up as African American's and realize that the only way to change the world is to start by changing the way we think and act. Support black owned businesses, and stop killing each other"

- Micah Wells, Cleveland, OH

 

"I simply could not sit back and miss out on history. I've always been captivated by what my ancestors have done and been apart of. How on Earth could I be anywhere else on this planet other than Washington, D.C on 10/10/15? The vibrations sent out amongst that crowd cant be duplicated. The weekend mirrored a family reunion, it was a reunion amongst my line brothers and a reunion amongst a culture young/ old. The fact that absolute strangers were glad that I was there is enough reason right there. This is what brought me to D.C and is why I will cherish it forever! I hope that future generations will grasp their own understanding. Not just believer all that's heard across this crazy world. Do your research, love learning, and watch how your world illuminates. This was an illuminating event- the most of that category since I've been born into existence."

-Mark Peterson Jr., Milwaukee, WI

 

"What brought me to the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March is to be in solidarity with my people in the fight for justice and to pay homage to those we have lost in this battle. When the march was originated and organized by Minister Farrakhan in 95', I was 7 years old. I had no clue what it was about or why it even mattered, but I do remember hearing about it as a young child. Fast forward 20 years later... we are still faced with very similar issues and there was no way as a conscious black man, I could miss out on being apart of African-American history in the fight to create a better world for our young people. The brothers/sisters I was able to meet, time spent with my frat brothers/friends, and the experience as a whole was very fulfilling. I've never in my life been in a collective space of hundreds of thousands of African-American people- for one cause, one mission, one movement in peace! The experience was indescribable, and further confirmed the positive narrative I believe about our race. What I hope for future generations is that they don't fall victim to the propaganda the media perpetuates. They must understand that we have the power to write our own ticket. All the negative imagery of African American's isn't the dominant reality of who we are. We can't let them fall victim to that, and it's our job as black men and women to live lives that display the possibility of what they can be."

-Lance Woods, Detroit, MI