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by Patrice Tartt

The Million Man March 20th Anniversary Justice Or Else! was a peaceful rally held October 10 in Washington, D.C., led by Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Many remember this march taking place 20 years ago, however, with all that has been happening to African-Americans with police brutality, this time around, it may have been for a different cause. As a kid, I remember this march and the importance of our African-American brothers and sisters participating and all of the positivity that rang out when someone would mention it.

This year, as an adult, I’ve heard the same, except this time around, my son was able to attend the march with his father. The icing on the cake was when we discovered that he made the news. Our local news station, WUSA channel 9, captured Bron at the march. Not only can we say, “He was there,” but we can show him now, and when he gets older.

At four-years-old, he may not understand why he was there, or even what the march was in reference to, but I think that we can all learn something from his participation and attendance. Here are eight things that we can all learn from my son Bron attending the 20th Million Man March:

  1. It’s never too early to learn who you are, where you come from, and to partake in such an historic event. Instilling positive values and morals into our children now about their rich heritage and history is key.
  2. Be a leader and not a follower. I wonder how many other children in Bron’s Pre-K class can look back on when they were a child to say that they too were there and were a part of history?
  3. Make history so that it can be your story, too. Not only can Bron say that he attended the Million Man March, but he can now say, that he made HIStory.
  4. Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk. Often times, many of us are always guilty of complaining about the things that we don’t like, but rarely do we take action, or partake in something that will force the change. We must always remember to be the change that we wish to see.
  5. Unity is everything. When we not only lift our voice, but come together peacefully and respectfully, we get more accomplished.
  6. God is always in the plans. It wasn’t a coincidence that Bron made the news, rather it was God. This was an opportunity for not only my son to share his story one day, but for me to share it now. He was invited to a birthday party the same day, but instead it was decided that he would attend the march, and I am glad that he did.
  7. Children take in more than we think. Even though Bron is only four-years-old, there are some things that he took away by attending the march, which hopefully will resonate with him once he is older.
  8. We can never underestimate the impact that a positive and historic event will have over us. It’s important to always do what we can while we are still blessed to have life.


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