On October 16, 1995, the Nation of Islam and its controversial leader, Louis Farrakhan, organized the Million Man March. About 400,000 people, mostly black men and boys, participated in the march. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, poet Maya Angelou and Rosa Parks, the mother of the civil rights movement, made speeches at the march. They spoke about the unfairness still faced by black men in this country. They also urged black men to be leaders in their communities and to work together to improve life for all black Americans. The march was repeated in years that followed, changing its name to the Million Family March and including women.
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