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Local pastor remembers Million Man March 17 years ago

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Pastor Dwayne Walker, pastor of Little Rock A.M.E. Zion church, remembers the first Million Man March 17 years ago in DC.

"This was a movement," Walker said. "Nothing like this happened before, to have so many people gather - so positive."

Walker's father participated in the march. He offered a prayer. Pastor Walker was there with his father on stage and was overwhelmed when he walked out and saw the crowd.

"Wow," the pastor said. "Not a sea, but an ocean of black men, standing together, praying and talking and crying and laughing. It was a great experience."

Walker said that experience changed him and remembers the pledge he and other men took on that day.

"That we are going to be more committed to our community," Walker said. "More responsible to our family - that we were going back to join churches or mosques or temples."

The pastor is happy the march is returning to Charlotte. He is hoping the nearly 80 year old Nation of Islam leader will keep it real to regain what was started 17 years ago.

"I hope that he comes and is very honest about where we are," Walker said. and I know he is going to say this is what we said what we were going to do, and this is what we did and this is what we should feel bad about -this is what we should feel good about, and we can't remain at either place. The time is now to take action."

Farrakhan is scheduled to speak Sunday at 2 PM at Bojangle's Coliseum. It is a ticketed event.

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