And so they all came—men, women and children. Many from metro Atlanta.
“It’s time for us to come together and be as one,” Cyrus Colbert, who boarded a bus from Atlanta to attend the march, told The Atlanta Constitution on the day of the march.
The event wasn’t universally praised. Many prominent leaders, including Atlanta congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, skipped the march because they said Farrakhan preached racial, religious and sexual divisiveness.
Nonetheless, its impact came in many ways. Some men returned and got involved in organizations to address issues like domestic violence. Savannah’s chapter of 100 Black Men credits its origin to the march. The U.S. Census Bureau reported an increase in voter registration. There was a spike in adoptions.
So how many people came that day? Who knows. Attendance ranged from 400,000 to more than 1 million.
Regardless of the headcount, it was a momentous day in African-American history.
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