Anniversary of ‘Million Man March’ falls short of potential

October 10 marked the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Million Man March in Washington, D.C. An anniversary rally entitled “Justice or Else,” was organized by Louis Farrakhan, a leader in the Muslim community. The march was planned as part of an effort to continue the fight for justice among blacks in America. The event itself was not just intended for those of Muslim faith but for people of all faiths, traditions, races, and political beliefs. The newfound diversity of the march is reaching a broader audience in comparison to the gathering of just black men in 1995. Some of the key points that were discussed among the crowd were the present oppression and tyranny of blacks in America, mistreatment and disrespect of latinos, and “justice or else!” The theme of Dr. Kings “I Have a Dream” speech was deeply emphasized and rang true in the diversity of the crowd. The leaders at the event focused on the younger generation by encouraging them to take pictures and tweet about the event to bring awareness around the country. But ironically, the event did not gain the desired coverage even with social media as a main point of its public relations campaign. The overall message came across unclear and seemed as if it had no real direction. The 20th anniversary event could’ve also been overshadowed by the man associated with the event, Louis Farrakhan, and the underdeveloped public relations aspect of it all. The whole event was focused on Farrakhan, who a lot of people do not particularly care for due to his radical views during the time of Malcolm X. His speech at the rally seemed to carry a vibe of condemnation. He spoke about not being judges of the LGBT community, but has openly made homophobic statements in the past. He revealed his views on women and how their wombs are a sign of honor and how they should dress appropriately in order to gain respect. Although these are things that people concern themselves with, Farrakhan’s message completely missed the mark and strayed away from the overall goal. He was right to want to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March but it would have been more effective with a different keynote speaker who didn’t try to push his personal beliefs on attendees. In the end, the number of people that attended was acceptable and it was all for a great cause, but the ineffective speech definitely cast a shadow on a 20-year...

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Men’s volleyball prepares to face tough competition
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Men’s volleyball prepares to face tough competition

The UMHB men’s volleyball team was established in 2013 under the leadership of now President Aaron Jackson. The team is a made of up a group of ambitious young men, who strive to be leaders on and off of the court. The club spends time practicing and building a bond that will help them compete effectively as participants in the National Collegiate Volleyball Foundation. Over the past few years the team has grown tremendously with a total of 18 players and talk of establishing a JV team. This year alone, there are six freshman on the team. Freshman communications major Chaz Upton plays outside hitter. He has only played for a little over a month, but said his teammates created an inviting atmosphere. “The team has welcomed and encouraged me from the beginning, and with each practice everyone tends to loosen up a little more,” Upton said. He also explained that the teams preseason record of 2-5-1 may seem low but a lot of players are young and new to the level of competition. The regular season will officially begin in Spring and the team promises the wait will be worth it due to hard work and the help of newly recruited coach, Ryan Webb. The former USA Volleyball player brings his experience and skill into his coaching and has created excitement among the players. Senior right side hitter Deshone Jones is especially excited by Webb’s coaching style. “Coach Webb challenges us physically, mentally, and even spiritually,” Jones said. “He encourages us to accept our mistakes but to always become better at the end of the day.” Competing at the Division I level helps challenge the guys to reach new heights and be the best of the best. By surrounding themselves with the hardest hitting and top scoring players, they are forcing themselves to become better and compete harder in the face of opposition. The toughest competitors this season will be Texas A&M and Baylor according to Jones. The team has greatly improved since the first game, and although they still have some growing and learning to do, the UMHB men’s volleyball team is well on their way. The team will continue preseason play Oct. 17 at the UNT Mean Green Classic and Oct. 18 at Saint Edwards in...

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