Speakers at the MLK dedication in Washington D.C. failed to mention the significance of the historic date, which fell on the 16th anniversary of the Million Man March, says television personality and journalist Jeff Johnson.
Johnson says that many believe that Farrakhan and the Million Man March were not mentioned because, “it would have been a challenge for the president to speak at the memorial.”
Left out of the MLK Memorial celebration by every speaker was the fact that it was the 16th anniversary of the Million Man March. And Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam and the march’s charismatic and often chastised convener, was no where to be found in Washington DC.
Quietly and off the record, some in black leadership circles questioned if the memorial dedication should have been held on the anniversary of the march at all. Many believed it would have been a challenge for the president to speak at the memorial if too many references were made to the Million Man March and Farrakhan.