16 Oct 2000 Million Family March a Declaration of Independence: Black Network Hopes Show of Responsibility Will Get Government Off Citizens’ Backs
As participants in the Million Family March congregate on the National Mall in Washington, DC, members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 hope that the message that will resonate with America’s elected leaders after the March is over is that parents know and understand what is best for their families, and that more government intervention in family matters is not in the best interest of the government or American families.
Organizers of the Million Family March, who expect to draw between several hundred thousand and over a million people, say the event is meant to bring families closer together and promote responsibility. The March’s "National Agenda" reads, "Moral consciousness develops out of the values taught by parents and exemplified in the actions of parents so that the home becomes the nurturing ground for moral values and moral consciousness. All of this starts in the family." It further states, "If the Founding Fathers saw that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are the inalienable rights of every citizen, then we must maximize our ability to give life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to ourselves and not just sit down and wait on benevolent government to do these things for us."
Project 21 members hope this potential show of unity and responsibility will prove that the government does not need to be all encompassing and intrusive in the lives of its citizens:
* Michael King of Atlanta, Georgia – "Across the land, Americans of color are demanding that the government listen and work WITH them as opposed to standing over them like some feudal lord and protector. People want to know that they won’t be punished for attaining the American Dream. Black Americans have shown – time and again – that when the means are presented, that they will rise to the challenges posed. But we want to know that the government won’t work against us as we move forward. We want to be able to send out children to schools that we want them to go to, not to ones where the government tells us to send them. With the current non-competitive policies in place, this can’t happen."
* Kevin Martin of Washington, DC – "I hope that the March will give people a new sense of empowerment, and that the men in attendance will go on to become leaders in their communities and the women will become better healers in both their communities and families. I also hope that the new family bonds that are created there, along with the leadership of March organizers, will help to eliminate the self-negative mindset that dominates the thoughts and behavior of many in our community and leads to injustices like racial profiling."
Project 21 is not an endorser of the Million Family March, nor is it affiliated with the March in any manner.
Project 21 has been a leading voice of the African-American community since 1992. For more information, contact David Almasi at (202) 507-6398 x106 or [email protected], or visit Project 21’s website at http://www.project21.org/P21Index.html.