Houston Forward Times

A large number of young Black minds; passionate supporters of the “Justice or Else” Campaign, Students of the Nation of Islam and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan converged on the National Mall Saturday, October 10, 2015 during the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, D.C.

Students from well-known Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) were driven to attend the history-breaking event and arrived at the nation’s capital by bus and plane.

Kaleb Taylor, a student activist from Texas Southern University (TSU) and Kierra Wilson, a student at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) arrived in D.C. on Thursday, October 8, 2010 to attend lectures on the campus of Howard University (HU) and participate in the “Justice or Else” rally. There is not an estimate of attendance given by the National Park officials, but the crowd was excitingly overwhelming. Taylor said seeing the number of Black people coming together “regardless of religion, class, or creed” to stand together in unity was a beautiful thing to witness.

“We came for the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March – the “Justice or Else” event on October 10, 2015″ Taylor said. “The Houston activists, or conscious community is relatively small, and we saw a lot of those ‘Brothas and Sistas’ out here.”

Taylor is one of the organizers for #TakeBackTSU, a social media movement that made national attention in the press last month. He said he used social media to make connections with like-minded youth at the rally on Saturday, but Lynette Monroe, a grad student pursing an M.A. in African Studies at Howard University said she was unable to “live tweet” the way she’d planned due to poor reception on the national lawn.

“I know a lot of people on social media were complaining. Most of the major news outlets weren’t there,” said Taylor. “It was interesting to see the lack of media presence at a positive event like this.” read more