Million Man March uplifts black community

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- It is an event with nearly two decades of tradition. The Million Man March took place on Saturday in Milwaukee -- the goal being a renewed commitment to uplifting the black community.

Led by the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, the group met at 1 p.m. to start their march.

It was at the society's headquarters near 27th and Center.

Among the group, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton. Organizers say the day is a message of peace.

"I'm very proud of the men that are here, I'm very proud of those brothers that went to the million man march and of course there's a whole generation of men that have grown up, and it's up to us that felt that spirit to pass that spirit on, to pass that guidance on and pass the spirit of the million man march alive," said Minister, William Muhammad.

Dozens showed up commemorating the march. They were hoping to spread a message of hope, positivity and peace.

"Let's love one another and stop killing one another," one marcher said.

"It's up to us that felt that spirit to pass that spirit on, that guidance on and to keep that spirit of the Million Man March alive," said Muhammad.

It is a day about uplifting and empowering -- at moments, and in places that need it the most.

This group comforts a grieving family, collecting money for the funeral of a young woman killed just days ago.

The group continues their march, ending up at the Black History Museum -- continuing a conversation that started 19 years ago, showing no signs of stopping.

Saturday's event was capped off with a panel discussion about conflict, racism and violence.

There is an official commemoration of the Million Man March happening Sunday, October 19th in Jamaica.