ST. LOUIS (FinalCall.com) – On June 20, Minister Akbar Muhammad, International Representative of the Nation of Islam, led a group of more than 25 leaders of St. Louis area businesses, churches, grassroots and civic organizations and elected officials in announcing the public opening of the Millions More Movement St. Louis office, located at 1408 N. Kingshighway, Suite 215. More than 100 supporters were in the audience at the press conference.

“In 1995, we had eight chartered aircrafts and 32 buses carrying people from St. Louis to the March,” Min. Akbar told members of the media. He later told the assembly, “Our target goal is 10,000 Brothers and Sisters from St. Louis.”

An estimated 7,000 to 8,000 Brothers made the trip to Washington, D.C. from St. Louis for the Million Man March in 1995.


To reach this goal, Min. Akbar announced that the city wants to sponsor young men and women who may not be able to afford the cost of travel, and that the St. Louis Local Organizing Committee (LOC) will also sponsor students who have achieved–students who have been recommended by their principals for their academic achievements.

He offered his thanks in the filled-to-capacity room to Mike and Steve Roberts, brothers who are internationally successful businessmen. Their St. Louis properties include the Roberts Orpheum Theatre, the Mayfair Hotel and the Victor Roberts Building, in which they have donated space to the Millions More Movement.

When asked about follow-up activities after the weekend, Min. Akbar told the crowd, “What we do after the March is as important as the March itself,” quoting from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, whose vision and idea it was 10 years ago for the Million Man March, and who is our visionary for the 10th year anniversary commemoration. He also stated that the LOC would be key in keeping people mobilized after the October 15th grand day of assembly. He told the audience that women are an important part of this October’s historical event.

In attendance at the press conference were co-conveners Reverend Philip DuVall, pastor of Fifth Missionary Baptist Church; Minister Donald Muhammad of the city’s Muhammad’s Mosque No. 28; and Minister Ralph Muhammad of Muhammad’s Mosque No. 28B in East St. Louis, Ill.