Million Man March Anniversary in Tuskegee, Alabama!

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Tuskegee Square | Tuskegee, Alabama, October 20, 2013. Photo: Courtney X. Powell

Tuskegee Square | Tuskegee, Al. Oct. 20, 2013

TUSKEGEE, Alabama – With America suffering economically, experiencing political gridlock and moral decay, the solutions to those problems plaguing her and ill affecting Black people disproportionately are found in the teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

An enthusiastic standing room only crowd gathered in famed Tuskegee Square to hear the next steps on the way to building an independent and viable Black nation. Those steps include supporting Muhammad’s Economic Blueprint, which was initially announced last February, and an economic savings fund that is now up and running. Its purpose is to allow Blacks to collectively build a brighter future by giving just 35 cents a week to a national treasury.

According to the most recently available demographic data, Tuskegee’s population stands at around 9,500 making it even more notable that, according to organizers, nearly 8,000 people packed the square Oct. 20 to celebrate the 18th Anniversary of the Million Man March and Holy Day of Atonement.  Read full report @ News

hdoa2013_2The Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama, the Honorable Johnny Ford, extended a “heartfelt welcome” in an official letter to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam in preparation for this year’s Holy Day of Atonement and Million Man March commemoration.

“Please know that you can count on our full support, and cooperation, in making the arrangements to make this ‘Million Man March’ celebration, just as successful as the one that was held 18 years ago in this nation’s capital, for indeed, we have not forgotten that you are the only man alive who has assembled more than a million men in one place without a single incidence of violence,” Mayor Ford wrote in the August 27 letter.

“The Minister is very excited about going to Tuskegee and we are very grateful to the Mayor of Tuskegee Johnny Ford, who has opened up the city to welcome the Nation of Islam,” said Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad, Minister Farrakhan’s assistant at the Nation of Islam’s international headquarters at Mosque Maryam.

The outreach and mobilization efforts have been spearheaded by the Southern Region of the Nation of Islam led by Student Minister Abdul Sharrieff Muhammad and Student Captain Oliver Muhammad. Members of the Fruit of Islam have traveled to Tuskegee regularly over the past few weeks to deal with security, publicity and logistics as the date draws near.

On October 19th students from all over the country are invited to meet in Tuskegee for the “Building A New World Student Conference.” The student conference will be held at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex and organizers, according to their website, “are calling on all students who desire to construct a new world, solve the problems of our time and secure a future for yet unborn generations.”

The opening session titled “U.O.E.N.O.” will deal with the proper education for Black students who desire to become architects of a New World. Other workshops will deal with topics such as the importance of Agriculture and Land Acquisition, helpful ways to limit or eliminate Student Loan debt and how to effectively organize a student-based movement.

The Million Man March

The Million Man March | Washington, D.C. October 16, 1995

The highlight of the weekend will take place October 20 as all are invited to attend a free outside event to celebrate the 18th Anniversary of The Million Man March with a highly anticipated keynote address delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan at the famed Tuskegee Square.

There are 14 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) located in Alabama alone. Students from HBCUs in nearby Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee are also expected, as well as student leaders from as far away as North Carolina and Washington D.C.

“It is critical that our students understand and know the value of the message of Minister Farrakhan particularly as it relates to the Economic Blueprint of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and what we must do as a people regarding the acquisition of land,” said Ishmael Muhammad. “It is in the acquisition of land where our real wealth is and where our future lies,” he added.

Black college students plan, organize for new world

Student ConferenceTUSKEGEE, Ala. – Black students journeyed from approximately 15 historically black colleges and universities to convene at the Building a New World Student Conference at Booker T. Washington High School on October 19.

Among the many colleges, the students traveled from Tuskegee University, Alabama State University, Howard University, Spellman, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, Prairie View University, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Brooke Moore-White, a graduating senior at Tuskegee University, welcomed her peers to the day-long event, which was a highlight of activities during the Nation of Islam’s 18th Anniversary of the historic 1995 Million Man March and Holy Day of Atonement.

“Today is a beautiful day!  Today, we are building our new world. We are building a place that is connected to love and peace and not bound to the ills and perils of the past,” Ms. Moore White said, as she swiftly opened the highly-anticipated program.

Admission to the conference was free and the information and knowledge shared between the vibrant, intelligent students and guest panelists were priceless.

They convened to pool their resources and intellectual power to address the problems facing themselves, their community and nation.

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“The Future of Farming and Food in America” Black Farmers Conference

Dr. Ridgely at Farmers Conf.

Black Farmers Conference | Tuskegee, Al. Oct. 19, 2013

TUSKEGEE, Ala. ( - There is no culture without agriculture and now is a critical time for Black communities nationwide to get back to the basics of growing and cooking their own food and finding ways to better support Black farmers. These were among the major themes of a recent conference that took place as part of the Holy Day of Atonement 2013 and commemoration of the 18th Anniversary of the Million Man March.

One of the many highlights of the intense day-long conference was Black farmers getting the chance to share struggles often ignored by mainstream media. It also presented an opportunity for networking, future collaborative efforts and focus on current programs dealing with aspects of agriculture.

“In the past, the Black farmers have been concerned with fighting the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However, because of 14 years after Pigford and the USDA doing the same things they were doing before Pigford, the farmers now have finally decided they are tired of waiting on the USDA to do the right thing and they are ready,” said Dr. Ridgely Abdul Mu’min Muhammad manager of Muhammad Farms and national student minister of agriculture for the Nation of Islam.

Pigford is the 1997 federal lawsuit brought by 400 Black farmers against the USDA for racial discrimination against the farmers who were denied loans and assistance. Thousands of Black farmers have been forced out of business and Blacks have lost acres of land over through the years, said critics of USDA policies.

In 1910 Blacks owned 16 million acres. In 2010 the number was 3 million acres. Other challenges Black farmers include the high price of farm equipment and supplies, distribution and marketing. 

The Black farmers are ready to move toward nation building, said Dr. Muhammad who Oct. 19 presented the concepts for the conference to the group, National Independent Black Farmers.

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Twitterific! – @LouisFarrakhan Twitter Army celebrates power of social media

noi_twitter_armyTUSKEGEE, Ala. ( - On October 19, 2013, the Farrakhan Twitter Army, spearheaded by Brother Jesse Muhammad hosted its very first Holy Day Of Atonement 2013 Tweet Up & Appreciation Gathering in the Booker T. Washington High School gymnasium.

The purpose for this Tweet Up was to show honor and gratitude to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the “Commander-In-Tweet” Honoree, as well as to recognize a group within the Farrakhan Twitter Army for their hard work in spreading guidance the Minister shares each week during his 52-week lecture series, “The Time and What Must Be Done.”

The program consisted of a detailed report by Jesse Muhammad on how Minister Farrakhan was introduced to Twitter and social media, as well as the impact his presence has had nationally and internationally. Since May 11, 2013, with the help of the Farrakhan Twitter Army, “The Time and What Must Be Done” has trended nationally and worldwide for 23 consecutive weeks.

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