Million Family March Held

October 17, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On October 17, 2000, The Washington Post reported that "For all the preaching and politics, the Million Family March yesterday sometimes felt most like a big family photo album thrown open. For Seth Shaheed Muhammad, and his wife, Marcia, the moment was the renewal of their vows of marriage. The plan had always been to wait until their 50th wedding anniversary. But here they were, having journeyed from Oakland, Calif., in the 48th year of marriage, pulling a luggage cart along the Reflecting Pool. The cart was packed with a camcorder, a camera, binoculars and a $ 300 official Million Family March marriage kit: a black velvet sash for her, a lapel pin for him and wedding rings for each. 'Tomorrow isn't promised to any of us, so we have an opportunity here to do our vows, and it's an honor to do it under Minister [Louis] Farrakhan,' said Seth, 64, a retired port manager. 'This is going down in history.'... The approximately 100 couples who participated with the Muhammads ranged from teenagers to retirees. Some were actually getting married, not just renewing vows. Most were members of the Nation of Islam, but several said they were Christian and a few said they had no religion... Delores and Martin Anderson and their three children left Philadelphia on a bus at 2 a.m. yesterday and by 7:45 a.m. they were walking toward the Lincoln Memorial, the whole family dressed in tracksuits and sneakers... The Andersons, married 20 years and members of the Nation of Islam, planned a day that was part tourism, part march festivities. 'We want to take in some museums, hear the minister speak,' said Delores Anderson, 39, a nurse. Martin Anderson, 52, a dry cleaner, said he hoped to meet people of many races and religions, 'because there are a lot of things people don't know about each other, and this lets them get together.'"

See also: Interfaith, Islam, Civic