October 11, 1995 in Nation/World

Rights Chairwoman Denounces Farrakhan

Compiled From Wire Services

Mary Frances Berry, chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, on Tuesday blasted Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s views as “despicable,” saying she does not endorse the Million Man March taking place in Washington on Monday.

“Mr. Farrakhan routinely expresses the most despicable, anti-Semitic, racist, sexist and homophobic attitudes imaginable,” Berry wrote in a letter to the Washington Post.

Farrakhan conceived of the march, billing it as “A Holy Day of Atonement and Reconciliation” and limiting direct participation to black men.

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