October 16, 2020

The Million Man March: Powerful images of Black men and brotherhood 25 years ago

By Gillian Brockell

On Oct. 16, 1995 — 32 years after the March on Washington and 25 years before the death of George Floyd — hundreds of thousands of Black men gathered on the Mall for a day of unity and atonement known as the Million Man March.

The weather was perfect. High sixties, “brilliantly clear” with a soft breeze — an ideal day to congregate with strangers and family, to sit and listen, to embrace and pray, and as Washington Post reporter Michael A. Fletcher put it, to “bathe in the soothing warmth of brotherhood.”