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MYM 1999

The Million Youth March is a rally held periodically by the New Black Panther Party (NBPP). It was first held on Saturday September 5th 1998 in Harlem New York, and has been held twice since then.[1] [2]

'98 Rally

The National Convener, minister Khallid Abdul Muhammad, was been very successful in attracting a broad range of support for the march and movement. Minister Muhammad and the National Youth Director - Atty. Malik Zulu Shabazz, and other national staff members have been crisscrossing the country working overtime to move the march forward. The Convener of the Million Man March, Minister Louis Farrakhan, at the 2/22/98 Saviors Day Convention, publicly stated his support for Minister Khallid Muhammad. Inspired by the Million Man March of 1995, The Million Youth March was convened by Dr. Khallid Abdul Muhammad, the former National Spokesman for NOI Leader Min. Louis Farrakhan. Thousands packed the streets of Malcolm X Boulevard to hear a message of Black Power, Self Determination, and bringing a new generation of leadership into existence.

Khallid Abdul Muhammad stands between the rushing police and rally goers at the end of the '98 MYM

Resistance to the Rally

The Manhattan based Million Youth March was very successful despite vehement opposition in and out of courtroom from then New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. In order to stop the MYM from being a success, the Mayor used his power to put up many roadblocks.

Attempts to derail the march

  • Tried to appeal the court’s decision to allow the March.
  • Closed all subways in the March area for "safety" reasons.
  • Had vast numbers of city workers work Labor day weekend because of the March.
  • Made it very difficult to leave/enter the Rally
  • Had Hospitals from East Harlem to the Bronx put on alert for an emergency.[3]

When none of the above worked, he resorted to having helicopters flying very low, and having the police, in full riot gear rush the stage.[3]

'03 Rally

Malik Zulu Shabazz, head of the New Black Panther Party, answers questions at the Million Youth March September 6.

On Saturday September 6th 2003 the Million Youth March returned, this time to Brooklyn, New York on Fulton Street. The Black Power theme for this 5 year anniversary will be "Justice For Our Youth, Unity & Peace In The Streets, Opposing Bush and His War on Iraq." The Youth March will be preceded on September 4th and 5th by the National New Leadership Convention. We are expecting hundreds of thousands from all over the city and nation for our righteous and peaceful cause.

The program began with a procession down Fulton Street to the rally site. There were young speakers, albeit visibly inexperienced ones. "Some of the criticism of the prior marches was that there were too many adults and not enough youth," said host City Councilman Charles Barron. "There was a real attempt to make it a more youthful march." Others speaking were Pam Africa of MOVE; members of the National Action Network; former political prisoner Fred Hampton Jr.; and Minister Kevin Muhammad, a Farrakhan representative.[4]

2008 Rally

In September, 2008 another rally was held in Harlem at the National Black Theater.