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Tenth Anniversary of the Million Man March

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

October 15, 2005 marks the tenth anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington D.C. Thousands of men are headed to the nation's capital to commemorate the historic event and to reflect on the impact the march had on their lives.

It was October 1995 when more than a million African-American men made a trip to Washington D.C.

Anita Davis, then a Leon County commissioner, wanted to attend the march but soon realized it was for men only.

"There were some things that the organization who sponsored it wanted to do through the male component and how the men could come together as a unit, making sure families were cared for, worked on their jobs, things relative to their well being," says Davis.

More than a march, it was to be a contract, a pledge to be better fathers, husbands, sons.

Critics of the march said it should have been inclusive to women and that simply marching without action wouldn't make a difference.

"Without doing things on a day-to-day basis and doing things for yourself and your community, it really doesn't amount to much besides self gratification," says Tallahasee resident Justin Pogge.

Former WCTV reporter Tony Whitehurst made the trip with his brother, a journalist who feels he brought home more than a story.

"I was able to connect with some guys like myself who were looking for answers on how to solve certain issues, issues with themselves, their families, their communities," says Whitehurst.

This weekend will mark a revisiting of that effort.


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