Feminists also had an issue with the lack of female participation in the march that was labeled an “all male” event.
“The entire purpose of this march is to encourage and stimulate black men to overcome apathy and resentment and start making a difference.” Creating a separation in the movement became a topic of great controversy since it has been argued that, “Organizers excluded women from the march to send a two-part message” that men need to improve their character and women need to recognize their place “in the home.” Neal offers the perspective of Debra Dickerson, a woman writer who attended the march: "Dickerson noted the aura of politeness and chivalry she experienced walking...there was an element of performance taking place that day for international media, corporate America." The New York Times published an opinion piece by Charles M.
In the aftermath of the Republican Party’s victory in the 1994 Congressional election and the continued success of the party’s campaign platform, the Contract with America, some African American leaders felt the social and economic issues facing the black community fell by the wayside of policy debates.
March organizers estimated the crowd size at between 1.5 to 2 million people but were incensed when the United States Park Police officially estimated the crowd size at 400,000.Although the march won support and participation from a number of prominent African American leaders, its legacy is marred by controversy over several issues.The leader of the march, Louis Farrakhan, is a controversial figure whose commentary on race in America has led some to wonder whether the message of the march can be disentangled from that of its organizer.The great majority of the controversy lies with Louis Farrakhan and the presence of many Christian speakers and organizers.He had acquired unfavorable attention from African-American Christians and was compared to "Adolf Hitler” by the Jewish community for anti-Jewish rhetoric and views.