Community leaders show support for Million Man March anniversary

by: Tenikka Smith Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Community and religious leaders gathered in uptown Charlotte Tuesday morning to talk about the Million Man March anniversary event happening this weekend in Charlotte.

Eyewitness News first told you in July, Charlotte was chosen to host the 17th anniversary of the historic march in Washington, D.C.

In August, we spoke exclusively to Nation of Islam leaders, who told us the march's founder Minister Louis Farrakhan's keynote address would focus on the economy. But Tuesday, local organizers revealed he would likely also touch on other topics including youth violence, troubling trend we've seen recently in Charlotte.

Local organizer B.J. Murphy said, "We are declaring before the world that we are going to do something about that and we are locked in arms with Minister Louis Farrakhan to affect that change in our city."

Two reverends on today's panel, Kojo Nantambu and Dr. Dewayne Walker were at the 1995 march in Washington. Although they differ in religious beliefs, they stand with Minister Farrakhan in his push to improve communities.

Walker said, "We agree that injustice of any kind is wrong and that homelessness and poverty is wrong and oppression is wrong all over the world."

Minister Corey Muhammad said the anniversary host committee is already working on strategy meetings with leaders across the city to move Farrakhan's words into action once the event is over.

Muhammad said, "It will continue there's already a desire from a lot of community leaders and heads they want to see change."

In addition to Farrakhan's speech on Sunday, the anniversary weekend will also include a prayer service and family day.

You can find a complete schedule of events and information on how to buy tickets to Farrakhan's speech at Bojangle's Coliseum http://noi.org/HDOA2012/