Today's Book of the Week, Gathering at the Crossroads, contains 18 photos by Eugene Redmond and 10 accompanying haiku by Lenard Moore, both black men who attended the 1995 Million Man March on Washington, DC, promoted by Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam to encourage black men to change their lives and live henceforward according to the pledge excerpted below:
I pledge that from this day forward I will strive to love my brother as I love myself . . . to improve myself spiritually, morally, mentally, socially, politically and economically . . .
I pledge that from this day forward I will never raise my hand with a knife or a gun . . . will never abuse my wife . . . will never engage in the abuse of children . . . will not poison my body with drugs . . .
I will do all of this so help me God.
To learn more about the Million Man March, click here: http://law.jrank.org/pages/
the cadenced footsteps of one million black men a warm fall day
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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission.