Twenty years ago today, roughly half a million people descended on Washington, D.C., for the Million Man March, a massive civil rights demonstration led by Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam to protest social and economic inequalities afflicting black men in America.

Earlier this month, tens of thousands of men and women returned to Capitol Hill for “Justice or Else!,” a demonstration marking the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. And, as part of our preparation to cover this year’s event, we’ve also spent some time looking back at our 1995 coverage of the first event. (We’ve also collected personal stories of those who were at the march.)

Here’s what A1 looked like the day of the march:

The Million Man March — which ended up being the largest civil rights demonstration in American history — featured a lengthy lineup of speakers including Farrakhan, who used his two-hour address to call for black self-empowerment and decried white supremacy.

You can read the main story from the day here. (Note: Both Michael Fletcher and Hamil Harris, who wrote that story, still work at The Post.)

Here’s the front page of the paper, the day after:

And pages inside:

Excerpts of Louis Farrakhan’s speech:

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