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The historic Million Man March in Washington, D.C. organized by Nation of Islam leader, Hon. Louis Farrakhan is celebrating its 18th anniversary this year. To commemorate the historic moment that brought almost a million men together on the National Mall for a day of togetherness, solidarity and atonement, Farrakhan is hosting a celebration this weekend in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Six to ten thousand people are expected to participate in the three-day event that includes ‘Building a New World National Student Conference,” “The Future of Farming and Food in America,” Family Day at Abbott Park and a keynote address in Tuskegee Square from Farrakhan who will deliver a speech on “Muhammad’s Economic Blueprint: Ending Poverty and Want.”

Farrakhan says his health is fine now, after a prostate cancer diagnosis in 1991 and subsequent health problems.

“Tuskegee has given to American and the world so much that we need to be grateful for starting with Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks and you, Tom Joyner,” Farrakhan told the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “So we wanted to come and pay respects to that great city and that great institution at Tuskegee University.”

In the 18 years since the March, Farrakhan says that several positive signs have emerged, but there are indications that more work needs to be done.

“In some cases, we’ve gone forward and in some cases, unfortunately we’ve gone backwards. And it always seems that when the people start becoming more conscious as we were in the 60’s more heroin and a pure form of heroin was introduced in our communities. And then when we were becoming conscious again in the 70’s – crack cocaine, gains and violence.

And now it’s full-blown in most of the urban centers with drugs and guns and no opportunity for our people to have jobs and employment. So we’re trying to do the best we can to survive. And unfortunately with young people who are uneducated or undereducated the lure of drugs and guns and violence is there so we have a big job on our hands to correct that.”

While the problems that hinder the black community overall are serious, Farrakhan does not believe they are insurmountable. He says that it is the plight of the poor that is the most significant issue and that that may be the next major gathering that he supports.

“It seems like in 2015 as Martin Luther King Jr., once called for the “Poor People’s March,” it seems to me that so many of us are talking about the middle class but where is the advocacy for the poor? Maybe to celebrate the Million Man March again, we are to gather poor people – black, brown and white, and make a statement to the country that something needs to be done to create jobs and opportunity for the people. We can’t always look to government.

“We have to look to ourselves and what we can do to end this cycle of poverty.”

For more information on the Holy Day of Atonement 2013 in Tuskegee, Alabama, click here.

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6 thoughts on “Louis Farrakhan Commemorates 18th Anniversary of Million Man March at Tuskegee

  1. “…it seems to me that so many of us are talking about the middle class but where is the advocacy for the poor?” Amen. And thank God there is a gifted man lifting up the poor in spirit.

    “…And now it’s full-blown in most of the urban centers with drugs and guns and no opportunity for our people to have jobs and employment.” Amen. Yet truth reveals there is more work to be done than you can shake a stick at.

    “…So we’re trying to do the best we can to survive.” And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

    “…something needs to be done to create jobs and opportunity for the people. We can’t always look to government.” Yet were I to agree, do I open a door letting government off the hook? Tyranny is born of an oligarchy’s slave system whose weak representatives in government earn no saving grace making it color blind. Make Obama SEIZE THE FED, turn it into a national bank issuing credit to finance the work that needs to be done. There’s so much to be done it is mind boggling!

    Listen. Bernanke showed us how easily the Federal Reserve can conjure credit out of thin air. He did it to backstop reckless banks (which in fact remain hopelessly insolvent). He conjured over $20 trillion of credit facilities made exclusively available to these banks. THERE POSITIVELY IS NO REASON WHY HE COULDN’T DO THE SAME FOR THE CITY OF DETROIT, or any other city in the nation! Where’s Obama? He should be on the phone telling Bernanke “Get ‘er done!” No! Instead he’s pushing for a “Grand Bargain” seeking to rout the poor even more. He’s useless. A puppet of an oligarchy’s slave system. Make him change. Give him courage to change. Test his faith. Will he accept Luke 12:4, and gladly?

  2. Tawfeek luqman on said:

    great interview…I reflect on October 16 1995 and being blessed to be one of the two million men on the mall in DC..to those who were there you know Almighty God was present in us and around us.I really love and respect Brother and Honorable Minister Farrakhan..he is 80 years old and still fighting for black people like he is in still in his 20’s..great example as a black man,leader and servant of God.#salute

  3. I have to say that the article was careful not to mention that the Opening of a United Black treasury will be at this event and it is a non denominational effort for all black people. No real details were given in this article and an effort to create jobs for black people deserves everyday articles and commentary like Scandal is given on this site. LOl this in no way was a ring the alarm article. The event is this weekend and the article is too small to little and too late.

  4. Someone posted on a couple of different stories this week about this Farrakhan/Tuskegee event and criticized Tom for not talking about it. WELL, whatcha got to say now???? It helps to not say/post anything because you never know what is going elsewhere!!

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