Singles Retreat
Singles in the Nation of Islam gathered in Prescott, Ariz. in August for the first “Singles Retreat.”  The weekend getaway featured workshops, guest speakers, outdoor activities, Tick Tock Dating and a special presentation by Mother Tynnetta Muhammad. It was such a hit, with blossoming courtships and engagements, that the next one is scheduled for May in San Antonio, Texas.

Black Marriage Day
In over 70 communities nationwide, family advocates, faith leaders and marriage activists vowed to celebrate, promote and preserve the institution of marriage on March 28, Black Marriage Day. This was the second year of celebrations organized by Wedded Bliss Foundation.  The “Celebrate the Joy” festivities were featured on BET “Nightly News,” a column by Washington Post‘s Courtland Milloy and various other local coverage.  This year Black Marriage Day is March 27 with a goal of reaching 150 cities.

Walk For Life
Thousands braved the frosty cold on a cloudy and windy Saturday morning in October to join the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, a prostate cancer survivor, in a walk through Chicago city streets to promote awareness of the impact the disease is having on Black men. This event was one of the highlights of the 9th Anniversary of the Million Man March, organized by The Louis Farrakhan Prostate Cancer Foundation.


“I just wish to say to all of us that cancer is really hurting the American people, particularly our people,” Min. Farrakhan said. “We have to get our people into a condition of health, because otherwise a great many of great minds will be lost to us. How we live our lives is important.”

WISOMMM opens cultural center
The grand opening of the $4.5 million African American Education and Resource Center in Newark marked another milestone in the work of the Women in Support of the Million Man March (WISOMMM ) to serve the Black community. Under the direction of Executive Director Fredrica Bey, the group welcomed the city to tour the newly purchased 65,000-square-foot building that features a full-court gymnasium with bleacher seats on the top floor, a banquet hall, a school that will be opened in the fall, a full-sized commercial kitchen and cafeteria and a rooftop boasting scenic views of nearby New York City skyline. “We’re just doing what Minister Farrakhan asked us to do,” said Ms. Bey. This is the group’s third building purchase.

Now we can build
With donations from Muslims, followers and supporters to the national charity of the Nation of Islam for the 2004 Saviours’ Day Gift, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was able to pay off the remaining mortgage balances on farmland in Georgia, the National House, which serves as the Chicago home of the leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI), and the National Center in Chicago, which consists of Mosque Maryam and Muhammad University of Islam.

During his Easter Sunday address at Mosque Maryam on April 11, 2004, NOI National Laborers stood around the Minister as he conducted a “mortgage burning ceremony” as Believers and guests cheered on, shouting “Burn, baby, burn!” and “Debt free!”

Spanish articles
In order to cross cultural and language barriers in spreading Truth, for the first time in its publishing history, The Final Call newspaper began running series of articles by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan translated into Spanish for our Latino Brothers and Sisters. The first article, Este Hombre Jesús (This Man Jesus), appeared in Volume 23, Number 43, was followed by El Deber del Justo en el Tiempo de la Guerra (The Duty of the Righteous in a Time of War) and a three-part series from the March 2001 lecture by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan entitled “The Most Precious of All Knowledge: The Knowledge of God and Self” (Lo más precioso de todos los conocimientos: El conocimiento de Dios y del Ser–appearing in Volume 24). The Final Call received an overwhelming response of praise from those in and outside of the Latino communities this newspaper reaches.

Flowers While You Live
The Nation of Islam paid tribute to 50 pioneers who paved the way for Islam in America from the 1930s when the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad began his mission up to the present when they helped the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan start rebuilding the Nation of Islam. The tribute to their sacrifice and commitment was part of the 9th anniversary of the Million Man March and the Holy Day of Atonement observance held on the grounds of the National Center in October.