When Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith care about a cause, they go all out for it. This is evident in their work with the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, which provides resources and education to inner-city families, and now in their hefty donation to the Justice... Or Else! march. The pair just donated $150,000 to the march, which will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Atlanta Blackstar reports.
The march, also called the Million Man March, is an annual event, and this year will mark its 20th anniversary. The first march took place on Oct. 16, 1995, and was organized by Minister Louis Farrakhan, who is again organizing and raising funds for this year's event. Farrakhan publiclly thanked the Smiths for their donation at a rally in Philadelphia earlier this month. To fund the entire event Farrakhan needs $1.8 million, and he's traveling around the country to campaign for the funds.
Given the prevalence of the Black Lives Matter movement, it's likely that this year's march will strike a chord with many. The purpose of the march, as stated on its website, is to campaign for, "justice applied equally regardless of creed or class or color." The site continues:
The widespread death, rising racism, mob attacks and police brutality on Blacks coupled with economic deprivation and stark poverty, requires that something must be immediately done to address and correct the condition.
Justice should never look at your color. Justice should never look at your position or posture. Justice should have on one side of the scale the weight of facts and on the other side our actions in accord with those facts. When you have liberty but not justice then there is no joy in being free.
Farrakhan is calling on other black entertainers to follow the Smiths' example and donate to the cause.