- The Washington Times - Friday, October 9, 2015

The Right Side Forum, an hour-long conservative live news and talk show hosted by columnist Armstrong Williams, will feature a live broadcast from the National Mall this week. The topic: The 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March. The host will be there at the march itself Saturday, in person - and explains his guests will be determined.

“Twenty years ago, many observers thought it couldn’t be done. Some said Minister Louis Farrakhan’s call for a ‘Million Man March’ on The Mall would have little support, or would deteriorate into violence and chaos. Instead, several renowned Civil Rights leaders and organizations, and grassroots organizers came together,” Armstrong observes.

“The event ran smoothly, was peaceful and some reports state almost exclusively male attendance figures as high as more than 800,000.”

Armstrong was one of them - and he plans to go back, and take viewers with him.

“It was a moving experience 20 years ago, so I want to be there again. I want to know how large numbers of African American men today describe the mood of the country. Do they feel as if we as a nation are heading in the right direction? What has gotten better for African American men, and what’s worse, or unchanged?” he asks.

“This is also an opportunity to look at how the Nation of Islam has been very successful in stemming violence, demonstrating manhood and inspiring greater accountability in some of the nation’s toughest urban centers. The Nation of Islam, especially Minister Farrakhan, is often controversial. But they’ve done some things right in violence-plagued communities, so let’s learn from them,” Armstrong advises.

The Right Side Forum, which debuted in January, airs live on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on News Channel 8 in the Washington, D.C., area, and repeats again at 6:30 p.m.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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