ROCKFORD, Ill. (FinalCall.com) – The opulent and historic Coronado Theater in downtown Rockford was the venue for a nearly two-hour message delivered by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan titled, “Justice is the Joy of Freedom.”

It was the second time this year, Minister Farrakhan has spoken in the city.

In a very conversational tone which was at times humorous and other times extremely serious, Minister Farrakhan talked about many of the issues being experienced in Rockford, such as failing schools, a bad economy, foreclosed homes and joblessness, however, what is being experienced in Rockford is not unique. There are broken down people and broken down buildings in every urban city of America, he said.


In America, human beings have a measure of freedom, but many use this freedom to do evil. Freedom does not give you the right to steal from or misuse others, he continued.

“Freedom is what we all want, but freedom does not mean license,” said Min. Farrakhan. “You have a nature that comes from God and you are free to live within the bounds of your nature.”

He also spoke about the plight of Black people and the damage done by over 400 years of slavery.

“As a people, we have suffered much and as a people we have been the victims of injustice,” said Min. Farrakhan.

As an added bonus, Minister Farrakhan held a Question and Answer period immediately following his lecture, which surprised many of those in attendance.

Look for more coverage of this message in the next full edition of The Final Call.