Message Magazine is going to the Million Man March, October 10, 2015 and needs volunteers!
***This article contains event updates as of October 10, 2015.
This is the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, an event convened by the Nation of Islam to create a discussion around social justice issues such as police brutality, poverty and joblessness, educational inequality and mass incarceration. During the first Million Man March, 150,000 people registered to vote. While there are many issues on which differing religious groups can come together for justice, Message is particularly concerned with the health and wholeness of members of the African American community. Further, the call for spiritual self-examination and renewal, relationship building, redemption and readiness in these times is one Message readers can identify with!
Message will provide bottled water from our location near F, North Capitol Street and Massachusetts, NE a block North of Union Station. Look for the Allegheny East Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Disaster Relief vehicle, a red semi-truck, in that block and you will have found us! Click this link to a helpful map of the National Mall.
Other places at which you can volunteer with Message include:
- 7th St., SW and Pennsylvania
- 7th St., SW and Independence
- 12th St., NW and Pennsylvania
- 12th St., NW and Independence
Staging For Out Of Town Visitors
If you come from outside the Washington, D.C. area, you will find parking at the Dupont Park S.D.A. Church, 3985 Massachusetts Ave SE, Washington, DC 20019, Friday through Sunday, October 9 through 11, 2015. Shuttles will run from the Dupont Church to the Potomac Metro Station between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., and again between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Please be prepared for the round trip Metro fare of $8. We recommend getting off at either L’Enfant Plaza or Smithsonian. Here is a link to a map for Metro.
The Million Man March is on Sabbath, October 10, 2015, starting at 10 a.m. on the National Mall.
Check for updates on Facebook and Twitter. Also, we’d love to see your journey, post your pictures and thoughts using #sharemessage and #messagemagazine!
Prayer and Promise Dupont Park S.D.A. Church, 3985 Massachusetts Ave SE, Washington, DC 20019, Friday, October 9, 2015 at 7 p.m. We will get last-minute details and pray for the event and all who attend. Join us!
Documentary interviews Friday through Sunday October 9th through the 11th on location at the National Mall for the march and in an around staging areas. Why are you going to the Million Man March? What are the issues about which you are concerned? How can you effect change in your own space? We’d like to know!
Hard-Core Preparation The weather forecast calls for a chilly, rainy weekend. No matter, we are not the kind to sleep on justice. Rain gear such as clear plastic jackets and pants, boots and hats will ensure that we are comfortable, warm and equipped to serve.
Reserve Your T-Shirt And Bag Now
Let us know you are coming and we will reserve a t-shirt and Message messenger bag for you for the big event! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Prayers Needed
What a mighty show of spiritual strength when God’s people come together in spirit and in truth. Pray for the safety of those who travel and attend, and that Message can contribute a word of hope and wholeness to our brothers and sisters.
Finally, as you contemplate God’s holy Sabbath this weekend, think of the words of Isaiah 58:6-9:
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.