Hip-Hop DetoxX performs during the the Dr. Martin Luther Kiing Jr. program. Photo: Haroon Rajaee

In various cities around the country, the birthday of civil rights luminary, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was recognized. The federal holiday was observed January 16. Muslims from the Nation of Islam attended various community events, participated in days of service and attended programs reflecting on the life, legacy and impact of Dr. King.

In Miami, Muslims from Mosque No. 29 attended the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in the Liberty City Community. Believers in Tampa, Fla.; Monroe, La.; Chicago and Phoenix visited and fellowshipped in honor of Dr. King. In Monroe, La., Student Minister Verbon Muhammad shared words at the MLK Foundation program and in Phoenix, the Fruit of Islam (F.O.I.) of Mosque No. 32 attended a local MLK Jr. Day March and greeted WNBA star Brittney Griner. 

In a message titled, “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Not a ‘Dreamer,’ but a Man Evolving Toward a Common Goal For His People,” the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam explained that most of the world does not know Dr. King and he described him as a man growing in consciousness.