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Opinion

D.C. marches were inclusive up to a point

GEORGE E. CURRY (NNPA)—Organizers of the two recent marches on Washington—one called by Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III and the other engineered primarily by King’s sister, Bernice—almost stumbled over one another praising the diversity of their respective marches. However, not one addressed the elephant in the room: Why was more emphasis placed on bringing in groups that were not part of the push for jobs and freedom in 1963 than assembling a broad coalition of Black leaders? To be even more direct: How can you justify excluding Minister Louis Farrakhan? After all, he managed to draw more Black men to the nation’s capital on Oct. 16, 1995 than the combined crowds at the 1963 March on Washington, the Sharpton-led march on Aug. 24 and the Aug. 28 commemorative march. In fact, the Million Man March at least doubled their combined attendance.