October 16, 2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of the first Million Man March. The march that was originally organized by Minister Louis Farrakhan in Washington, D.C. brought African- Americans all across the United States to march hand and hand to demand equality. Spike Lee even made the march the focus of his 1996 film Get On the Bus.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have taken their philanthropy efforts up another notch when they donated $150,000 to this year’s march that will be held on October 10, at the National Mall in Washington D.C..
Farrakhan publicly thanked the Smiths for their donation earlier this month in Philadelphia. Farrakhan is on the quest to raise $1.8 million for this year’s event and has been traveling from coast to coast to make this happen.
With the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement nationwide, Farrakhan is looking to the community for help to make this year’s march happen. The theme for this year is “Justice Or Else!” The mission statement located on the march’s website, focus on “Justice“, “The Fight” and “The Demand“.
Outside of of donating, the website also gives you a space to register for the march and a place to see what is being organized in your town.