February 21, 2011

Farrakhan, Muslim convention highlight mission to save Black America

CHICAGO—Excitement is building across the country as thousands prepare for the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day 2011 Convention, which will be held in Rosemont, Ill., and culminate in a major address by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan at the Allstate Arena in late February.

This year’s convention marks the 81st year of the Nation of Islam’s existence in North America. Each year, to commemorate the birth of its founder Master W. Fard Muhammad, members from around the world make the journey to Chicagoland during the last week of February for a time of fellowship, networking, information dissemination and spiritual renewal.

On Sunday, February 27, the highly anticipated keynote address by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will be delivered at the 18,500 seat Allstate Arena located at 6920 N. Mannheim Road in Rosemont at 2 p.m. His subject is “God Will Send Saviours.” Doors open for the public at 12 noon.

The convention, which will run Feb. 24-Feb. 27 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, will include workshops, discussions, social events and displays and culminate with Min. Farrakhan’s annual address.

“We are in anticipation of one of the greatest Saviours’ Days in our history,” said Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad, son of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and Minister Farrakhan’s assistant at the Nation of Islam’s international headquarters Mosque Maryam in Chicago.

This year, the workshops and plenary sessions are being held under a common theme: “A Scientific Analysis of the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.” Some of the best academic minds in their fields have come together for what is sure to be a Saviours’ Day like no other.

Perhaps the most intriguing plenary session is scheduled for the afternoon on Feb. 26 titled “The Truth About the Existence of Unidentified Flying Objects.” International experts will discuss this phenomenon and its relationship to the teaching of Elijah Muhammad and the divine judgment of America. This session is open to media coverage.

The morning plenary session Feb. 25 will feature a wide-ranging discussion about the best-selling book “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Volume 2” from the Nation of Islam’s Historical Research Department and will refute false allegations of anti-Semitism. This session is also open to media coverage.

After the congregational Jumu’ah prayer service on Friday, Feb. 25, the afternoon plenary session revolves around the subject “Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters.”

All four plenary sessions are scheduled to be shown live via internet webcast at http://www.noi.org. For detailed info and schedule visit http://noi.org/sd2011/.

For Media Professionals Interested in Covering Saviours Day 2011

Reserved space for media is limited. Media organizations interested in coverage should respond immediately. To register for media credentials, members of the working press should go to http://www.finalcall.com/press/.

Requests for media credentials should be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2011.

There will be a press mult for the electronic press and video and audio will be provided at the All State Arena. All radio and TV media will have to take a feed from the mult to get the head-on and program video. Video cameras will be allowed to get cutaway shots. Writers and print reporters will have seats in the arena. Still photographers will be provided with opportunities to get shots of the crowd and the stage.

Members of the media must present current, official media credentials or a Letter of Assignment on official company letterhead and photo ID on the day of the event. By applying for media credentials you are agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions of our Media Credentialing Policy.