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The Nation of Islam will stage a local rally in Harlem next week to mark the second anniversary of the 1995 Million Man March, a mosque spokesman said Monday.

The gathering outside the Harlem State Office Building on Oct. 16 will coincide with similar events in several other states, said Joseph Muhammad of the Harlem mosque. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan plans to address participants across the nation via satellite, the spokesman said.

About 40,000 people assembled last year outside the United Nations to hear Mr. Farrakhan speak at a "World's Day of Atonement" marking the one-year anniversary of the Million Man March.

At the 1995 march in Washington, D.C., Mr. Farrakhan led a crowd estimated to be at least 400,000 in a pledge to "never raise my hand with a knife or a gun to beat or cut or shoot any member of my family or any human being."

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