Master Fard Muhammad, the Founder of the Nation of Islam, was born on February 26, 1877. Saviours’ Day, an annual Nation of Islam celebration, commemorates His birth. On July 4th, the day of America’s Independence celebration, a Wise Master came to America from the Holy City of Mecca. He Revealed Himself publicly for the ﬁrst time in 1930.
He announced the beginning of His mission which was to restore and to resurrect His lost and found people, who were identiﬁed as the original members of the Tribe of Shabazz from the Lost Nation of Asia. The lost people of the original nation in the wilderness of North America were captured, exploited and dehumanized to serve as slaves for over three centuries.
His Mission was to teach the downtrodden and defenseless Black people a thorough knowledge of God and of themselves, and to put them on the road to self-independence with a superior culture and higher civilization than they had previously experienced.
He taught us the ways of love and peace, of truth and beauty. We are being led into the path of a new spiritual culture and civilization of complete harmony and peace, one of reﬁnement in the pursuit of happiness and eternal joy in the Supreme Knowledge of God and the Science of everything in life. In 1931, The Master was preaching this Great Truth of salvation when He met a man named Elijah Poole in Detroit, Michigan.
He taught the Honorable Elijah Muhammad the profound Secret Wisdom of the Reality of God, which included the hidden knowledge of the original people who were the ﬁrst founders of civilization of the Planet and who had a full knowledge of the Universal Order of Things from the beginning of the Divine Creation.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad identiﬁed The Master as being The answer to The One that the world had been expecting for the past 2,000 years under the names Messiah, The second coming of Jesus, The Christ, Jehovah, God, and The Son of Man. When the Honorable Elijah Muhammad asked Him to identify Himself, He replied that He was the Mahdi.
He signed His name in 1933 as Master Wallace Fard Muhammad to express the meaning of One Who had come in the Early Morning Dawn of the New Millennium to lay the base for a new world order of Peace and Righteousness on the foundation of Truth and Justice; to put down tyrants and to change the world into a Heaven on Earth.
HIS MESSIAH: THE MOST HONORABLE ELIJAH MUHAMMAD
Nearly three decades after President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was born on or about Oct. 7, 1897. Mr. Muhammad was born the seventh child of 12 to William (later named Wali) and Marie Poole, in Sandersville, Ga. Due to poor record keeping by government ofﬁcials, the exact date of his birth remains unknown, according to historians and family members.
Nevertheless, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said his birth took place sometime between the ﬁrst or second week of October 1897 and established Oct. 7 as the anniversary date of his birth. His life’s accomplishments and achievements have made a major impact on both Black and White America. Like few other ﬁgures in American history, he quite simply reconstructed society. The accomplishments of the Muslims, under his direction, were dramatic.
He achieved never before seen results in the areas of religion, politics, social interaction, economic development, and international affairs for the so-called American Negro. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in the dawning of the 21st century, remains a key ﬁgure whose program and position shapes the destiny of the new century and millennium. From humble beginnings, Mr. Muhammad’s early life in the rural South was hard.
In order to help his family survive, Mr. Muhammad had to leave school after the third grade to work in the ﬁelds as a sharecropper. His skills in problem solving and conﬂict resolution were beginning to show during his childhood. In many instances, when disputes arose among the children even before they reached their parents or neighbors, Mr. Muhammad would solve the problems, according to family members.
Mr. Muhammad married Clara Evans and moved his young family in 1923 to Detroit, Mich., in search of better economic and social circumstances, as did many other Black families at the time. By the end of the 1920s, both Black and White America plunged into the bowels of severe economic misery following the stock market crash of 1929. Hard times would force many people to go on relief.
Lynchings, race riots, that is, Whites attacking defenseless Blacks, and other forms of terrorism against Blacks at the hands of Whites continued unabated. Detroit, with its huge population of 1.5 million people, including 250,000 Blacks, was beginning to see changes in its social scene. On July 4, 1930, the long-awaited “Saviour” of the Black man and woman, Master W. Fard Muhammad, appeared in this city. He announced and preached that God is One, and it was now time for Blacks to return to the religion of their ancestors, Islam.
News spread all over the city of Detroit of the great things taking place on Hastings Street brought about by the benevolence and generosity of this distinguished yet mysterious man from the East. Mr. Muhammad’s wife ﬁrst learned of the Temple of Islam and wanted to attend to see what the commotion was all about, but instead, her husband advised her that he would go and see for himself.
In Autumn of 1931, Elijah Poole attended his ﬁrst lecture by Master Fard Muhammad and was overwhelmed by the message and immediately accepted it. With the great spiritual inspiration Mr. Muhammad received from his visit to the Temple of Islam, he was able to convince his entire family to embrace Islam. The Founder of the Nation of Islam gave Elijah the surname “Karriem” and made him a minister. Later he was promoted to the position of “Supreme Minister” and his name was changed to Muhammad.
A NEW MAN
“The name ‘Poole’ was never my name nor was it my father’s name,” he would later write. “It was the name of the White slave master of my grandfather after the so-called freedom of my fathers.” Mr. Muhammad, in the early 1930s, along with 25,000 other Believers in Detroit, quickly worked to help this great man from the East build the so-called Lost and Found Nation of Islam. Over the course of the next three-and-one-half years, Minister Muhammad was personally taught by his Teacher nonstop.
The Muslim community, in addition to establishing religious centers of worship, began to start businesses. Mr. Muhammad established a newspaper, The Final Call to Islam, in 1934. Much of this newspaper’s content contained religious editorials and transcripts of lectures delivered inside the Temple of Islam, as it was known.
This publication would be the ﬁrst of many publications he would produce. Meanwhile, Mr. Muhammad and the Muslim parents were so inspired that they worked to establish schools for the proper education of their children. Indeed, the Muslim parents felt that the educational system of the State of Michigan was wholly inadequate.
By 1934, the Michigan State Board of Education disagreed with the Muslims’ right to pursue their own educational agenda, and the Muslim teachers and temple secretary were jailed on the false charge of contributing to the delinquency of minors. In response to the state’s denial of the Muslims’ right to educate their children, Mr. Muhammad committed himself to jail after learning what had happened. Eventually the charges were dropped, school ofﬁcials freed and Mr. Muhammad given six months’ probation. Mr. Muhammad’s stance on Islamic education remained ﬁrm and the religious community continued to resist placing Muslim children under White Christian teachers.
In September of that same year, he moved to the city of Chicago, where his Teacher had already set up an Islamic settlement. After several incidents of police harassment against Master W. Fard Muhammad in Detroit and Chicago, he continued to preach the Great Truth of salvation to the people. He taught and trained the Hon. Elijah Muhammad night and day. Upon the Master’s departure, under the veil of mystery in 1934, he chose Mr. Muhammad to be his Divine Representative in continuing this most difficult task of bringing truth and light to his lost and found people.
By 1935, Mr. Muhammad faced many new challenges. A death plot arose among a few disgruntled members who wanted the leadership position, and Mr. Muhammad took ﬂight, not in fear, but as he said, to preserve the peace and carry out his Teacher’s instructions, which were to go to Washington, D.C., visit the Library of Congress and research 104 books on the religion of Islam and other subjects.
He was on the run from enemies for the next seven years. During this period, he was known under many names: “Mr. Evans” (his wife’s maiden name), “Ghulam Bogans,” “Muhammad Rassoull,” “Elijah Karriem” and “Mohammed of U Street.” He also personally founded and established the mosque in Washington, D.C.
America’s war with Japan and Germany gave rise to the draft. On May 8, 1942, Mr. Muhammad was arrested in Washington, D.C., allegedly for draft evasion. “When the call was made for all males between 18 and 44, I refused (NOT EVADED) on the grounds that, ﬁrst, I was a Muslim and would not take part in wars and especially not on the side with the inﬁdels,” he wrote in “Message to the Blackman.” “Second, I was 45 years of age and was NOT, according to the law, required to register.” Many other male members of the Nation of Islam at that time were imprisoned for being conscientious objectors to the World War.
NATION GROWS DESPITE PERSECUTION
After World War II ended, Mr. Muhammad gained his release from prison and returned to Chicago. From Chicago, the central point of the Nation of Islam, Mr. Muhammad worked hard to expand the Nation’s membership. Among the many new members to enroll in the ranks of Islam, during this time, was Brother Malcolm X and his family.
During the 1950s, Mr. Muhammad promoted Minister Malcolm X to the post of national spokesman, and began to syndicate his weekly newspaper column, “Mr. Muhammad Speaks,” in Black newspapers across the country. By 1955, Min. Farrakhan, then known as entertainer Louis Wolcott, enrolled in the Nation of Islam after hearing Mr. Muhammad deliver a Saviour’s Day speech in Chicago.
In Washington, D.C., when Mr. Muhammad delivered his historic Uline Arena address in 1959, he was afforded treatment worthy of a dignitary, including a police escort. Persecution of the Muslims continued with attacks by Whites in Monroe, La., Los Angeles, Calif., Flint, Mich., and other places. Publicity in the White-owned-and-operated media began to circulate anti-Nation of Islam propaganda on a massive scale.
By the early 1960s, Reader’s Digest described Mr. Muhammad as the most powerful Black man in America. Subsequently, television commentator Mike Wallace, in conjunction with Louis Lomax, a Black journalist, aired the documentary in 1959, “The Hate that Hate Produced,” on a local New York City station. The documentary misrepresented the message of the Nation of Islam, calling it a hate teaching. James Baldwin, a famous Black author, released the book, “The Fire Next Time,” published in 1963 based largely on his interview with Mr. Muhammad.
THEIR SERVANT: THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN
Popularly known as “The Charmer,” Louis Wolcott had achieved fame in Boston as a vocalist, calypso singer, dancer, and violinist. However, February 1955 marked a turning point in the life of the talented performer. While headlining a show in Chicago titled “Calypso Follies,” the young virtuoso received rave reviews. During this engagement, friends from Boston invited him to attend the Nation of Islam’s Saviour’s Day Convention at the newly purchased Muhammad Temple No. 2 at 5335 S. Greenwood Avenue.
Minister Malcolm X was informed that the popular musician would attend the convention. While listening to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad from his balcony seat, Louis thought to himself, “This man can’t speak,” referring to Mr. Muhammad’s grammar. As these thoughts crossed his mind, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad looked up in the balcony and said, “Don’t pay no attention to how I say it.
Although music had been his ﬁrst love, within three months after joining the Nation of Islam in 1955, Minister Malcolm X informed members of the New York Mosque and the new convert Louis X that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad wanted all Muslims to get out of show business or get out of the temple. Most musicians left Temple No. 7, but Louis X, later renamed Louis Farrakhan, chose to dedicate his life to the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
After moving to Boston at the request of Malcolm X, Louis X proved himself a capable, disciplined, and a well-mannered soldier and eventually rose to the rank of minister. He worked faithfully from 1956 as the Minister of Muhammad Temple No. 11 in Boston, Massachusetts, building it to become one of the strongest temples in the Nation.
In May 1965, three months after the death of Malcolm X, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad appointed Minister Farrakhan to Temple No. 7 in New York City. When he arrived in New York, the atmosphere was very hostile because of allegations of Muslim involvement in the assassination. Minister Farrakhan worked night and day in the Harlem community and around New York restoring respect for the Nation.
The departure of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in 1975 and the assumption of leadership by Wallace D. Muhammad (later known as Imam W.D. Mohammed) brought drastic changes to the Nation. After approximately three years of wrestling with the changes to the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Minister Farrakhan, after a reappraisal of the condition of Black people and the program of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, decided to return to the teachings and program with a proven ability to uplift and reform his people.
His tremendous success is evidenced by mosques and study groups in cities in America, Great Britain and Ghana, all devoted to the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Minister Farrakhan has renewed respect for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, his teachings and program, in rebuilding the Nation.
Literally millions of listeners have attended his lectures and he has been welcomed in church after church, sharing pulpits with Christian ministers from a variety of denominations showing the power of the unity of those who believe in the One God. A devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Minister Farrakhan still maintains a grueling work schedule. In 1979, he developed The Final Call, an internationally circulated newspaper that follows in the legacy of the Muhammad Speaks newspaper.
In 1985, Minister Farrakhan introduced the P.O.W.E.R. (People Organized and Working for Economic Rebirth) concept and in 1986, introduced a line of personal care products and a program for Black economic development. In 1988, the resurgent Nation of Islam repurchased its former ﬂagship mosque in Chicago and dedicated it as Mosque Maryam, the National Center for the Retraining and Re-education of the Black Man and Woman of America and the World.
Pay attention to what I say, then take it and put it into that ﬁne language that you know.” Louis Wolcott did not know that he had been given to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad by Allah as a Saviours’ Day gift to help in his great mission of giving life to millions of Black people in the United States and millions of oppressed people throughout the world.
The National Center includes Muhammad University of Islam. In 1991, Minister Farrakhan reintroduced the Three-Year Economic Program to establish an economic base for the development of Blacks through business ventures. In 1992, Minister Farrakhan drew 60,000 people to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the Nation’s annual Saviours’ Day Convention.
In May 1993, Minister Farrakhan traveled to Libreville, Gabon, to attend the African-African American Summit where he addressed African heads of state and delegates from America. Also, in 1993, Minister Farrakhan observed his 60th birthday by performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the New World Orchestra, including members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In October of 1994, Minister Farrakhan led 2,000 Blacks from America to Accra, Ghana, for the Nation’s ﬁrst International Saviours’ Day.
Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings ofﬁcially opened and closed the ﬁve-day convention. The popular leader and the Nation of Islam had repurchased farmland in Dawson, Georgia, and enjoyed a banner year in 1995 with the opening of the $5 million Salaam Restaurant in Chicago and the successful Million Man March on Washington. Minister Farrakhan continued his quest for unity and progress by going on a World Friendship Tour of Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean in early 1996.
He was received by heads of state in 19 countries. As part of the major thrust for true political empowerment for the Black community, Minister Farrakhan reregistered to vote in June 1996 and formed a coalition of religious, civic and political organizations to represent the voice of the disenfranchised on the political landscape. In 1996, Minister Farrakhan was named among Time magazine’s list of the 25 Most Inﬂuential People in America.
The National Newspaper Publishers’ Association, a group of Black publishers, honored the Minister as “Newsmaker of the Year.” In 1997, the Nation of Islam sponsored its ﬁrst International Islamic Conference in July, receiving prominent Islamic leaders and scholars from across the globe.
The spiritual signiﬁcance of this conference was shown as prominent sheiks from Cyprus, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and Nigeria on behalf of the 500 leaders and scholars in attendance at the conference placed a white turban on Minister Farrakhan’s head symbolizing the respect and honor held for Minister Farrakhan among those in the Muslim world.
Vanity Fair highlighted Minister Farrakhan as one of “The 65 Leaders Who Rule and Shape the World.” At the end of 1997 into the beginning of 1998, Minister Farrakhan completed another world tour that took him to over 50 nations including, South Africa, the Sudan, Korea, Egypt, Libya, Russia, Malaysia, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Syria. In October of 1998, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan brought a message of guidance back to the path of God to Washington, D.C., as the city and country was in the grips of a media and political scandal being played out on the front pages of major newspapers and television stations across the country as a result of Bill Clinton’s sex scandal with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He delivered a message,
“Atonement: The Healing for a Sin-Sick Nation” and in a ﬁrst for the Nation of Islam, Minister Farrakhan’s message was able to be viewed via internet webcast. Those viewing in remote locations across the world were able to submit questions via email to be answered by Minister Farrakhan and other panelists present.
In 1999, Minister Farrakhan underwent radiation treatment for prostate cancer and spent most of 1999 on sabbatical recovering, however, on December 22, joined by his family, ranking members of the Nation of Islam and religious leaders from the Muslim, Christian and Hebrew faiths, he spoke about being brought by Allah (God) to death’s door at a press conference at Mosque Maryam.
“I have called this press conference today not necessarily to talk about my health or my near-death experience, but because the hope of the people of good will and righteousness is that the New Century and Millennium will bring an end to war and bloodshed and establish the reign of peace.”
In May of 2000, the Minister sat with “60 Minutes” Senior Correspondent Mike Wallace and the eldest daughter of Malcolm X, Sister Attallah Shabazz, in an interview shown worldwide in which Minister Farrakhan dealt honestly and forthrightly with the circumstances surrounding the assassination of her father.
Though interviewed for over four hours, the 12 minutes of the interview that aired were edited in a very misleading way, completely misinterpreting Minister Farrakhan’s words. Coupled with a massive letter writing campaign to the staff and producers of 60 Minutes, Minister Farrakhan released the text of an interview conducted by The Final Call titled “Farrakhan Responds to Media Mischief” that set the record straight.
On the ﬁfth anniversary of the Million Man March, October 16, 2000, hundreds of thousands of couples of all races and colors joined Minister Farrakhan on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for a mass wedding ceremony and a show of unity with the goal of strengthening the family. The Million Family March was a success.
On September 16, 2001, Minister Farrakhan spoke out regarding the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers. On December 1, 2001 Minister Farrakhan wrote his ﬁrst letter of guidance and counsel to President George W. Bush warning him of the mistakes of judgment being made in his ill-conceived “War on Terror.”
On June 17, 2002, Minister Farrakhan announced that he would embark on a peace mission to the Middle East with a delegation of Muslims, Christian and Hebrew religious leaders in an effort to bring a new attitude and effort towards peace to this troubled part of the globe. On October 30, 2002, Minister Farrakhan wrote his second letter warning President George W. Bush of the Divine consequences of his course of action.
On May 3, 2004, Minister Farrakhan in a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., exposed the plans of President George W. Bush and the nefarious schemes of his neo-conservative advisors who plunged American soldiers into worldwide conﬂict. This international press conference was translated into Arabic, French and Spanish.
In 2005, Minister Farrakhan called those interested in establishing a programmatic thrust for Black people in America and oppressed people across the globe for the Millions More Movement. It was the tenth anniversary of the Million Man March. The Millions More Movement involved the formation of nine Ministries that would deal with the pressing needs of Black and poor people.
Also in 2005, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was voted as BET.com’s “Person of The Year” beating out Sen. Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and BET’s founder Robert Johnson, as the person users believed made “the most powerful impact on the Black community over the past year.”
In March of 2006, Minister Farrakhan led a delegation to Cuba to view the emergency preparedness system of the Cuban people, in the wake of the massive failure to prevent the loss of human life after Hurricane Katrina. In January 2007, the Minister underwent a major 14-hour operation. In just a few weeks, and as a testament to the healing power of God, Minister Farrakhan stood on stage at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on February 25, 2007, during Saviours’ Day.
On October 19, 2008, Min. Farrakhan rededicated Mosque Maryam following extensive repairs as part of “A New Beginning” for the Nation of Islam and an expanded universal mission. In July 2009, Min. Farrakhan spent several days traveling throughout the Caribbean island of Bermuda. He addressed the spiritual, economic, social and political ills plaguing not only Bermuda’s residents, but society as a whole. On March 20, 2010 Min. Farrakhan was a panelist during the “We Count!: The Black Agenda is the American Agenda”
Symposium held at Chicago State University. On June 26, 2010, Min. Farrakhan delivered the historic message answering a question asked by religious scholars and truth seekers for decades: “Who Are The Real Children of Israel?” In a message that was viewed live via webcast across the globe, Min. Farrakhan also announced the release of “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,” Volume Two and “Jews Selling Blacks.”
Minister Farrakhan returned to Harlem on August 13, 2011, to deliver the keynote address at the Millions March in Harlem, where a crowd stretched for blocks down Malcolm X Boulevard. The gathering in the historic Mecca for Black culture and political thought was organized by the December 12th Movement to demand an end to the U.S.-NATO military assault on Libya, to denounce imperialist moves to recolonize Africa.
“We must speak truth to power or die! We must not be afraid to tell the truth even if it means we lose our lives because there is nothing more precious in this universe than truth,” said Min. Farrakhan. On September 11, 2011 Minister Farrakhan delivered a special message at Mosque Maryam to those who attended the three-day 2011 National Vanguard Retreat.
Wrapping up three days of spiritual and physical renewal for young women of the Nation of Islam as Muslim women and girls from all across the United States and as far away as Montreal, Canada, the Minister said the enemy’s aim has been to devalue the woman, transforming her into a sexual plaything instead of treating her with the reverence and honor she deserves as a serious co-creator with God.
On Oct. 20, 2011, it was widely reported by national and international media that longtime Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gadhaﬁ had been killed. Minister Farrakhan waited several days to speak publicly about the events transpiring in Libya and returned to the familiar setting of radio station WVON-AM in Chicago. Minister Farrakhan entered the studio October 25 with a focused and extremely serious look on his face as Mr. Cliff Kelley asked him how he was feeling.
“I feel like I have lost a very, very important member of my own family. I can’t take the assassination of Muammar Gadhaﬁ lightly, as I could not take the assassination of my brother, or my mother, or my wife or my children lightly. That’s the kind of relationship that we had and that we have,” Min. Farrakhan responded.
“I’ve come to say to the world that the Nation of Islam mourns the loss of a great brother, leader, the Lion of the Desert, the Lion of Africa, and those who rejoice at his death, your laughter will turn to tears and your joy will turn to sorrow and great pain because of what the Western world and those collaborators will lose as a result of his betrayal and his ultimate assassination.”
Minister Louis Farrakhan continued his focus on developing the minds of the next generation of Black leaders and thinkers as he delivered messages to students on college campuses across the entire United States in 2012. He visited several Historically Black Colleges and Universities encouraging the students to “break free” from the educational system that has been set up by their oppressors to maintain control. His message was a precursor to the September 26, 2012 #AskFarrakhan Social Media Townhall Q&A which was webcast live from The Final Call Administration Building in Chicago, Illinois.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was only in the state of Alabama for 24 hours, but in that short amount of time, history was made. He joined political leaders, community activists and members of the community under the banner of the “Never Forget, Never Again Pilgrimage” to save Section Five of the Voting Rights Act.
It was a sweltering hot day June 14, 2013, with high levels of humidity and temperatures reaching into the mid-90s, but that did not matter. The spirit and legacy of the Freedom Riders of the civil rights era and modern demands to protect the Black right to vote were front and center during four back to back rallies. He also walked arm in arm with civil rights and political leaders in a walk across the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Smiling as he looked over the crowd of thousands gathered at the National Arena, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “Jamaica, you are a pearl in the Caribbean. So much has come to the world from this island in the sun.” But the island in the sun and her smaller sister nations are not completely free and must unite in the face of efforts from America and Europe to control Jamaica, her land, her people and to keep the land and the region under their thumb, said Min. Farrakhan, speaking Oct. 19, 2014, in this capital city to mark the 19th anniversary of the Million Man March and to raise the importance of the values of atonement, reconciliation and responsibility.
On April 18, 2015, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, with a beaming smile, stood before a packed audience of women, teens and girls, and delivered an insightful message with the gentle protectiveness and loving ﬁrmness of a father, big brother and protector. He spoke on the value and importance of the woman as a co-creator with God who must be respected and protected in the face of injustices and abuses they face globally.
He also explained the meaning and purpose of the all women’s class established in the Nation of Islam called the Muslim Girls’ Training and General Civilization Class (MGT and GCC) and the value of the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in rebuilding, educating and elevating in particular, the Black woman during the “Save Our Girls: A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Woman” program which was broadcast via internet webcast in Nation of Islam mosques and study groups in the U.S., Caribbean, Europe and other countries.
Min. Farrakhan toured The National Civil Rights Museum, formerly the Lorraine Motel, August 20, 2015. The location is well known because it was on the balcony of the motel where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot down by an assassin’s bullet April 4, 1968. Responding to the call of Min. Farrakhan, a virtual sea of determined faces, different ages, races and ideologies gathered at the U.S. Capitol with their numbers swelling down the National Mall on October 10, 2015, for the Justice Or Else! gathering marking the 20th anniversary of the historic Million Man March.
Supporters felt it was the opening salvo where the weapon of unity was ﬁred in a coordinated battle and budding unity at those who designed and beneﬁt from systemic oppression of the darker people of the Earth—and even poor Whites. “I am honored beyond words to be here standing on this rostrum, in front of this hallowed building,” the Minister said, standing on a stage at the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol. “I thank Almighty God Allah for every single one of you that decided to answer the call to demand Justice Or Else!”
A leader with unquestioned integrity, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is a protecting friend for those in need of a defender. For over decades absent his teacher, Min. Farrakhan has continued to carry the Teachings to every nook and cranny of the planet Earth in person and via the worldwide online streaming of his messages of guidance.
In 2020 in Detroit at the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day Convention, the Minister delivered a critical message, “The Unraveling of a Great Nation,” which he described as “a lecture which is full of good news and warning.”
Shortly after his message of insight the U.S. shut down as the Covid-19 pandemic spread throughout the world. On July 4, 2020, the 90th anniversary of the birth of the Nation of Islam in America, Min. Farrakhan delivered a critical message to the world from his Michigan Farm titled, “The Criterion.” In a near three-hour message, the Minister spoke to the U.S. president, global political and religious leaders, the world community and Black people in America and Africa.
The deadly coronavirus is a God-sent pestilence and neither America, China nor others will escape its grip, he warned from the garden. “I want to tell you up front, you will not conquer this virus. You don’t know this virus, it mutates and goes into different directions with a different strain of itself,” he said. He called those who had died from the virus “martyrs.”
He also warned Black and indigenous people in the U.S. and abroad not to take any Covid-19 vaccines developed by their open enemy. “This virus is a pestilence from heaven, so scholarship from hell can’t deal with a pestilence that came from heaven,” the Minister said. We need to call a meeting of Black epidemiologists, virologists, students of biology and chemistry to look at what they give us and we need to give ourselves something better, he said.
The Minister said he was speaking for the interests of Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, and those who desire life.
At nearly 88 years of age, the Minister continues his assignment as given to him by the two divine men that back him, Allah (God) and His Exalted Christ.
Whether speaking out against the United States government’s military aggression in Afghanistan, working to end youth violence and police brutality in the inner-city, or maintaining vigilance during the rebuilding efforts on behalf of survivors of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Minister Farrakhan has continued to be a courageous voice speaking for the voiceless and empowering the powerless.
HAPPY SAVIOURS’ DAY!