MMM4I can proudly say that although my decision to attend the Million Man March in Washington D.C. on Oct. 10, 2015, was very rash, it was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made.

We began as a small interest group, organized by Ashley Gragg and Ahmed Arasah, but eventually, many other Xavierites began to join the movement.

Originally, my reasoning behind going to the marchwas to be a part of something lifechanging, but it became much deeper than that after attending. The march put all of the issues and injustices in the world into perspective for me.MMM3

We arrived on Howard University’s campus early Saturday morning, and the vibe was just amazing. Instantly, we could all tell that everyone was ready to express their feelings and emotions about all of the oppression, violence, and unjustness that currently exist in our world.

Along with Howard and many other schools, we marched from the campus down to the National Mall where Minister Farrakhan would be giving his speech. Black pride filled Washington, D.C.

MMM2We heard speeches from the families of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and many others. Hearing everyone express their feelings on the social issues occurring just inspired me to begin speaking out and advocating for the injustices that even happen in New Orleans.

The march made me realize that we cannot just wait around for the world to change; we have to be that change.

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