September 1st, 2005

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Millions More March--Keith Boykin and Louis Farrakhan

Basically, this article has almost nothing to do w/Kanye West, though they used his photo to illustrate it. And it's got that fun old "Black folks are more homophobic!" assumption underpinning. But I thought in case anyone was following the Millions More March run-up, this update on the status would interest them.

from the new Village Voice

A Darker Shade of Pink
From Kanye West to Louis Farrakhan, new signs of gay friendliness among African Americans
by Aina Hunter
August 30th, 2005 11:10 AM

Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam--a leader with a history of anti-gay rhetoric dating back to the 1980s--has invited a gay and lesbian advocacy group to help convene the 10-year commemoration of the Million Man March. Last week, Farrakhan sent a letter to the National Black Justice Coalition, the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, opening the door for its members to share in sponsoring the Millions More Movement slated for October 15. Even as the African American community debates the issue of gay rights, Farrakhan has taken a step that might be surprising to his longtime observers. In response to months of heartfelt letters, he wrote: "You are absolutely correct. The Millions More Movement is for all of us. . . . Please be assured that any member of our community that has gifts, skills, and talents to plan for the redemption of our people will be welcomed at the table."

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