Two brothers reflect on Million Man March 25th anniversary through documentary
San Antonio – After months of working on creating a documentary about the Million Man March, two brothers were able to bring the project to fruition just in time for the historical event’s 25th anniversary. The footage and photos used were captured by Leo Edwards, 70, who attended the march October 16, 1995. “I went to the march to videotape the event,” Leo Edwards said. “This was all before the internet and to gather that many people to come to D.C. was just an unbelievable experience,” Leo Edwards said. That synergy brought people together and that synergy still exists 25 years later.”“He inspired so many,” said Leo Edwards.
KSAT Kids: Today in History, Oct. 16
Today is Friday, Oct. 16, the 290th day of 2020. On Oct. 16, 1962, the Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba. In 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a group of 21 men in a raid on Harpers Ferry in western Virginia. In 1901, Booker T. Washington dined at the White House as the guest of President Theodore Roosevelt, whose invitation to the Black educator sparked controversy. In 1995, a vast throng of Black men gathered in Washington, D.C. for the “Million Man March” led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Jewish leaders condemn 'hurtful' words by Nick Cannon
The Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish leaders condemned what they called hurtful words and anti-Semitic theories expressed by Nick Cannon on Wednesday, a day after ViacomCBS severed ties with him for the remarks made on a podcast. The danger is that those groups get confused with other self-identified Israelites like (Rabbi) Capers Funnye, who has a congregation in Chicago, and who is very much involved with the Ashkenazim Jewish community. Until his firing, Cannon produced Wild n Out, a comedy improv series for VH1, the ViacomCBS-owned cable channel. Cooper said that Cannon should reject Farrakhans hate speech and reduce the long statement to two sentences a simple apology. First of all, apologizing to the Jewish community for questioning our identity, Cooper said.
For Ellison, Floyd case brings pressure -- and opportunity
Doing so is giving Ellison a national platform to talk about race in America. Ellison, the first African American elected to his job, is now tasked with nothing less than making that system work. What we need is accountability from a top lawyer like Keith Ellison to put these cops in jail. If Ellisons national reputation was as a progressive purist, his work as attorney general has been more tempered. The Floyd case could bring some tensions with progressives who have long viewed Ellison as an uncompromising ally.