Sixteen years have passed since the historic Million Man March occurred, and in recognition of the movement and the Holy Day of Atonement, the “Get on the Bus” campaign fundraised to inform the public of their purpose as well as help defer the cost of the bus ride to hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speak on Sunday, Oct. 9 in Philadelphia.
The 24- hour fundraiser took place on Sept. 17, beginning at noon, and provided entertainment, refreshments and uplifting information.
Saturday, Oct. 8 is the day of departure for the trip, with the Hon. Min. Louis Farrakhan’s lecture taking place the following day and an arrival back in Atlanta early Monday morning. The lecture is scheduled to occur in the Pennsylvania Convention Center and is set to focus on three themes: atonement, reconciliation and responsibility.
The campaign was organized by the Southern Regional Representative of the Hon. Min. Louis Farrakhan, Student Minister Brother Abdul Sharrieff Muhammad along with Brother Barry Muhammad and was held at the Black Bucks Café, which was draped with different photographs and pictures of influential Islamic and Black individuals throughout history, including candid images of Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Muhammad Ali.
After an introduction by host Sister Saabirah Muhammad, the first line of entertainment was introduced.
Acts such as Sister Michelle and Knerdstar began the performances with content that carried inspirational messages including the importance of family, self-worth and the strength to overcome bullying in schools. DJ Rockwell was prepared as he emceed all the musical and dancing acts that showcased their talents.
Other acts for the afternoon included rap performances from Stress Free Productions and King Tut, who also added to the thought-provoking and moving messages. Sis. Saabirah Muhammad also reminded the listeners of the purpose of the event in transitioning from one performer to the next.
“The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan asked [Student Minister Brother Abdul Sharrieff Muhammad] if he could get as many people as possible to go to the 16th anniversary of the Million Man March,” said Sis. Saabirah Muhammad. “The purpose of it is to make sure that the youth will be able to hear what the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has to say to them in a very, very special way.”
Sis. Saabirah went on to say that Minister Farrakhan wanted as many buses as possible from around the country to hear his message. Sis. Saabirah also said that this is the first year since the initial Million Man March in 1995 that Minister Farrakhan has asked to bus people in nationwide to come and attend an event, marking the significance of the event.
“We have had tremendous productivity from the Million Man March that was done in 1995. We hope that not only Black, but all races can be able to see the value and the benefit of that wonderful and historical occasion,” she added, in reference to what she hopes will be taken from the anniversary of the march. “People were able to get direction and hope in life that they can continue to see that we can make a difference and we will make a difference.”
Published September 2011 in the AABJ Byline http://www.aabj.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=158&Itemid=93