My first Million Man March (MMM) entry
Just an FYI, I posted this on line way back in 2005.. i never finished transcribing the entries. They are still written in cursive on a pad i still own. I plan on handing it to my son when he goes to college in two years.
Before I go any further I have to give you background. In the fall of 1995, I was still in the Navy. I already served 5 years with one more to go. I was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida. My oldest son, X-man, was about 1 year and a half and lived with his mother in Virginia Beach. At that time, our relationships was cordial. We were not together. I was dealing with a sister from Philly named DW. We were official but when i moved out of philly, we decided to dead it even though we still had feelings. Yet we were off and on again and again.
What follows was written as letters to my son X-man. This entry was written on Oct. 10th, 1995, 6 days before the actual march. Remember it will be heavily edited to prevent biters.
Our day of reckoning is near. In six days, I will be marching in Washington D.C. with 999,999 other beings. It will truly be a historic event. A that that we will all remember. An event I refuse to miss. I only wish that my physical brother, Dolo, would make it with me.
I tried to gather a few brothers from my command to attend the march. All refused for various reasons. Some reasons I found legitimate. Others I found to be outright lies. To each his own. I wish that more brothers that I am acquainted with would attend. I know that many of them will attend Freaknik, though.
The Million Man March (MMM) means so much to me. I believe that I will be doing this not just for myself, but my family, friends, co-workers and people on the street. I've committed myself to a military and a nation that cares little for myself or my people. This march would be a committment that i will be making to my community and family.
The scary thing about this march is that there are only 2 ways it can go. It can be something glorious or triumphant, or it could prove a disaster to us all. The US government has deliberately kept its mouth shut about it. We all witnessed the Qubilah Shabazz fiasco. We all saw the media "whiteout" of the March's coverage thanks to the OJ Trial. Things are too quiet in my opinion. I hope everything goes well. I remain positive and I look forward to the march. My excitement increases at each passing day.