Minister Louis Farrakhan announced the theme of this year’s Million Man March. This year, which also happens to mark the 20th anniversary of the historic gathering, will be housed around the theme, “Justice Or Else!” The call for equal and fair treatment comes amid racial divisions in the country that continue to permeate society. From police brutality to the tragic murder of nine Black churchgoers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, change and justice for people of color is necessary. “Our hearts ache at the murders of Pastor Clementa Pinckney and those who died after welcoming someone into their church as a refuge and place of healing,” said Minister Farrakhan in a statement sent to JET.

“This heinous act targeted a strong, young Black leader and was an assault on a Black institution steeped in the struggle for freedom, justice and equality which goes back to the great 19th century freedom fighter Denmark Vesey, who was killed for planning to throw off the shackles and tyranny of slavery.”