(During the historic Million Man March, Black men agreed to accept a request from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to take a pledge to change and improve their lives, their families, their communities and the world. That special pledge is published below.)
I PLEDGE that from this day forward I will strive to love my brother as I love myself. I, from this day forward, will strive to improve myself spiritually, morally, mentally, socially, politically, and economically for the benefit of myself, my family, and my people. I pledge that I will strive to build business, build houses, build hospitals, build factories, and enter into international trade for the good of myself, my family, and my people.
I pledge that from this day forward I will never raise my hand with a knife or a gun to beat, cut, or shoot any member of my family or any human being except in self-defense.
I pledge from this day forward I will never abuse my wife by striking her, disrespecting her, for she is the mother of my children and the producer of my future.
I pledge that from this day forward I will never engage in the abuse of children, little boys or little girls for sexual gratification. For I will let them grow in peace to be strong men and women for the future of our people.
I will never again use the “B word” to describe any female. But particularly my own Black sister.
I pledge from this day forward that I will not poison my body with drugs or that which is destructive to my health and my well-being.
I pledge from this day forward I will support Black newspapers, Black radio, Black television. I will support Black artists who clean up their acts to show respect for themselves and respect for their people and respect for the ears of the human family. I will do all of this, so help me God.
From humble beginnings in the basement of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s south Chicago home in 1979, The Final Call newspaper has emerged as an uncompromising alternative to the mainstream corporate-owned media machine.