Washington D.C.'s National Mall was flooded with activists Saturday to participate in the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. Demonstrators rallied for equality and called for change in police practices and social justice issues affecting the black community.
This year, organizers called for participation from other marginalized groups, like the Native American and Hispanic populations, as well. Crowds chanted the powerful chorus of Kendrick Lamar's "Alright."
The March began in 1995 as part of a grassroots movement and has since become a bastion of civil rights activism. The event was organized by Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, who addressed the crowd of tens of thousands of supporters, reminding them of importance of the next generation.
"We who are getting older... what good are we if we don't prepare young people to carry that torch of liberation to the next step?" he said. "What good are we if we think we can last forever and not prepare others to walk in our footsteps?"
The March and the movement garnered enormous support on social media through the hashtags #millionmanmarch and #justiceorelse. Thousands have posted to Instagram and Twitter with photos, videos and thoughts on the event.
Among the crowd were also celebrity supporters like J. Cole, Common, Diddy, Jay Electronica and Dave Chapelle.