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The Ministry of Spiritual Development  
The mission of the N.O.I. as a whole and of each of its parts is the spiritual development of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam in North America and our people throughout the world. The mission of the N.O.I. is the resurrection spiritually of a dead people and the entire focus and meaning of its work is to bring about this resurrection as quickly as possible. This is the purpose that gives meaning to all other activities engaged in and is the criterion by which we expect to be judged by Allah and His Messenger, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. As such, the spiritual dimension must be present in all and excluded from none. (copied from AtonementCommission.com).  
For more information, call Student Minister Marcus Muhammad (269) 861-6504 e-mail: muhammadmarcus1@gmail.com     

Local FOI Honored in Capture of Robbery Suspect

by William P. Muhammad

Bro. Suni X, Grand Rapids Study Group
Grand Rapids, Mich., – When the deeds of Muslims are discussed among the American public, positive activities are rarely acknowledged and negative connotations, often amplified through the rhetoric of policy-makers, mass media, and the general population, cause many to judge the faith with doubt and suspicion. However, in recognition of his quick thinking and actions, Bro. Suni X (Musawwir) of The Nation of Islam, received a Citation of Appreciation from the Police Chief, honoring his conduct in capturing an armed robbery suspect of the Captain Jay’s Fish & Chicken restaurant on the city’s southeast side.
            In recognition of Bro. Suni’s part in apprehending a much sought after perpetrator, suspected in multiple robbery attempts in and around the city, GRPD Chief, David Rahinsky wrote: “Your quick actions aided the Grand Rapids Police Department in solving several attempted armed robberies of businesses, while certainly preventing further attempted robberies by the suspect,” the Chief’s Citation read in part. “I would like to thank and commend you for being an involved citizen in your community.”   
            Although the incident occurred in July 2016, it wasn’t until late January of this year that Bro. Suni received a call from the Grand Rapids Police Department notifying him of the award. Downplaying the significance of his part in taking down the alleged suspect, it wasn’t until about three weeks after receiving the citation that he told the Believers and Student Laborers of the Grand Rapids Study Group.    
            “I was in my van at the time and listening to music and a Caucasian individual walked out (of the restaurant), casually, and as he proceeded South, I noticed he was looking around and I thought he was afraid because he was walking in a Black neighborhood, but when he got down the block, the manager and others came out hollering and screaming, ‘we’ve been robbed; it was a white guy,’” Bro. Suni recalled the restaurant employees as saying.
            After a brief foot chase, Bro. Suni tackled the perpetrator and a neighborhood resident, watching from his front porch, helped to pin him to the ground, holding the alleged robber in place until authorities arrived. Although Bro. Suni said the restaurant employees told him the man was armed, Bro. Suni said he wasn’t thinking of him as having a weapon as much as he was thinking of stopping a criminal act in his community.
“I don’t know if I would call it heroic,” Bro. Suni said. “I just did it because I thought it was the right thing to do because I refuse to be intimidated where I work and where I live. Minister Farrakhan said he wanted 10,000 fearless. For Allah we live and for Allah we die. We cannot sit back and let criminals come in and rob our establishments and tear down our neighborhoods. We’ve got to take a stand,” Bro Suni said.
The General Manager of Captain Jay’s Fish & Chicken restaurant, affectionately known in the community as Ms. Omar, said she advises against anyone confronting armed suspects, and while she could not comment directly on the July, 6 incident, she said Bro. Suni was a beautiful and phenomenal human being who she also sees as an upright and outstanding individual.
Regarding duty to one’s community and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s instructions on taking the responsibility to improve quality of life issues in Black neighborhoods, Student Minister Marcus Muhammad, Coordinator of the Grand Rapids Study Group said: “The Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, as taught by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, teaches us that we are to obey the laws of this land unless they conflict with our religion which is Islam; we are also are to obey the Restrictive Laws of Islam, which the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said would make us the best citizens or the best residents in whatever community that we may reside in. The behavior and the remarkable work that Bro. Suni exemplified, in that citizen’s arrest, is only a great testament to his faith, to his courage, and to his obedience to the instructions of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in which he said, ‘to make our neighborhoods decent and safe places to live.’”
According to the Grand Rapids Police Department Chief’s Citation, in appreciation of Bro. Suni’s actions, the suspect not only confessed to the attempted robbery, but he also confessed to additional attempted robberies in the area for which he was being sought.

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A spiritual and guided message impacts nationwide audience

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent- | Last updated: Mar 3, 2017 - 1:14:56 PM

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Mosque Maryam was filled to capacity Feb. 26 Photo: Michael Muhammad (R) Rowdy Williams AKA Brother N.I.P., in Houston Photo: Ebony Muhammad

CHICAGO—Joy, peace, love, reflection, and introspection permeated Mosque Maryam during and after the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a stern message of guidance, warning, correction, and gratitude for part two of his Saviours’ Day address themed, “Have No Fear For the Future: The Future Is Ours.”

Shaleaf Hemphill from Chicago’s South Village neighborhood said she loved the message coming from a man she described as having a “pure heart.” 

“I just wanna hug him, because you don’t see good people with hearts like that, and his heart is pure and you could just tell.  I can’t wait to come back.  I’m so serious,” she stated. She came to hear Min. Farrakhan with Dshonda Adams of University Park, who was invited by her co-worker Gina Muhammad of Mosque Maryam.

 “It was so much stuff that he touched on, that I wish I could have recorded it, because some of the things I want to teach my kids and I wanted to show them.  I wanted to show them, and they needed to hear some of the stuff that he was saying, because I try to teach them some of that stuff, but they look at me a little crazy, but when you hear it from somebody else, someone like him, who’s gonna come behind him? … Who can match this?” Ms. Hemphill added.

Dr. Wanda Evans-Brewer, a special needs educator, came to hear Min. Farrakhan because she was “tired of the trickery.” 

She said she needed Min. Farrakhan’s teaching, because she’s in her fourth year of being a Ph.D on welfare.  She said the education and employment systems are depreciating degrees, but in spite of that she’s doing tremendous work because of God’s covering, such as Min. Farrakhan discussed.
Two young men who heard the message in Chicago. Photo: Eric Ture Muhammad
“But it still angers me that there is a systematic effort to eliminate the Black intellectual, not the one that wants to play their games, but if you still have pride, if you still love your people, if you still know that the work has to be done in the small villages and the inner cities, where you have the most marginalized, they’re trying to wipe us out,” Dr. Evans-Brewer said.

Dr. Evans-Brewer brought a former student, Lebrandon Hickey, who’s seen Min. Farrakhan on YouTube before.  She felt he needed to hear and see Min. Farrakhan in person.

“I thought Farrakhan was outstanding, mind-blowing, brought out thoughts that haven’t even occurred to me yet at 28 years of life on this earth,” said Mr. Hickey.

What stood out most to him was the way Min. Farrakhan detailed government, people and the Bible. “It was all vital points that never crossed my mind vividly until I heard him speak over a podium. It made sense.  It was a lot of clarity that happened during the service,” said Mr. Hickey.
For instance, he stated he was always made to believe, and thought, something was wrong with him, but Min. Farrakhan’s message helped him to see the opposite.  Something was wrong with the system, he told The Final Call.

Brandon Muhammad and Na'il Muhammad of Muhammad Mosque No. 27 in Los Angeles who are both in their early 20s were in Chicago for Min. Farrakhan’s highly anticipated address. 
Na'il Muhammad said he heard Min. Farrakhan make things very abundantly clear, and give a comprehensive knowledge, completion, and summary of what’s been said and what needs to be said.
One message he understood from the Minister is that the youth must take ownership. “We have to take ownership of the Nation, embrace our roles, and take it to the next level,” he continued.
Brandon Muhammad said he took away how Min. Farrakhan really elaborated on the path the Nation of Islam was on at the time the Messenger, the Hon. Elijah Muhammad departed.

(Left to right) Qiyamah Muhammad, Karen X, Zainab Muhammad, Terra Muhammad, in Houston. Photo: Ebony Muhammad
“His last lectures that he’s made over the last two-to-three years, he’s been speaking heavy on his departure, because he doesn’t want the Nation to take the course it did when the Hon. Elijah Muhammad departed, so I think he really wants us to get into the history, and make sure our foundation is strong, especially amongst the youth, because we’re the ones that’ll grow up to fill the positions that are currently taken,” Brandon Muhammad said.

 “He’s making sure the youth understand what time it is to make sure our faith is strong, so that when he’s not here anymore, the Nation will still be here,” the young man added.
Debra Walker attended the meeting with Rashida Muhammad, her old high school friend.  She felt the service was great and Min. Farrakhan made some relevant points that made a lot of sense.  Ms. Walker said she was surprised Min. Farrakhan was very versed on foreign policy issues, and, surprised that she never heard too many churches talk about foreign policy.

“He was very on point with his views on what he thought about the United States, and his foreign policy issues,” said Ms. Walker.

What resonated about Min. Farrakhan’s address for Mayor Marcus Muhammad of Benton Harbor, Mich., was the 83-year-old world leader’s forthright and frank words that cut across religious, political, economic lines, and how he illuminated and highlighted the shadow government and the wickedness stemming from their works.

“I think today he stood and confirmed what God had already given him, he’s showing and backing his servant up, that he absolutely is his man for this time and in our midst today,” said Mayor Marcus Muhammad.

Ms. Tara Porter, 24, traveled from Detroit for the message and told The Final Call it was the most powerful event she had ever been to.

“The fact that he is so willing to give so much, is just so amazing to me. Lots of people get to that level (of notoriety) …  and don’t have to give you all the knowledge that they have. But, he is so open and so willing to help. It’s just pure love and I just look up to him tremendously.”
Torrance “TJ” Cooks, 18, a senior at Bolden High School in Chicago, has heard the Minister speak in person before and came to Mosque Maryam to see and hear him again.

“I think more Black kids in Chicago, should come out and listen to what he has to say. It’s impactful to me because it makes you think more,” he said.

Darren Howard from Rockford Illinois a first time guest was moved by the message of Min. Farrakhan as the “last man standing.” In the Muslim Minister, added Mr. Howard, he sees  a leader that speaks to modern times and what it is that Black people must do to get through and backing it up with Biblical and Quranic text.

“Like the saying about him being the last man standing is true. There is no leader that speaks the way Minister Farrakhan speaks,” said Mr. Howard.

Minister Farrakhan’s message was broadcast live via internet as Muslims, visitors and guests filled Nation of Islam mosques and study groups around the country to watch his address.

The Crowning Event of Black History Month was an overwhelming success in Harlem’s Mosque No.7 as people young and old came out to hear the address.  Launise Noel is 88 years old and decided to come hear the Minister after receiving a flyer inviting her out to the mosque. 

She has been an avid Final Call reader for years and she explained that “I’ve found the Muslim community to be good and an asset to the community and not a liability.  They don’t smoke, steal, or drink no more. I really love the work that Farrakhan is doing and I am glad that I came today.”

Freda Wilkins, a 46-year-old, first-time guest said there is a beauty of the way the Minister loves Black people. “The effort that he puts  in us, with the strength and the  belief to make things better for us and our future which is our children I enjoyed hearing. He opened my eyes to everything that’s going on in the world, he made me more aware and that’s the beauty of his message today,” she explained.

 “I feel that it was a detox for everything that I didn’t learn as a child or learn in school.  The Minister opened my eyes and he opened my eyes to remind me to stay awake. His intellect is so powerful, he’s so strong and the fact that he is willing to die for us is a beautiful thing,” said Deryck Johnson, 26 also a first time guest.

Guests and visitors in Muhammad Mosque No. 29 in Miami were excited to receive the Minister’s message of guidance.  Yereima Layne, 21, who heard the Minister for the first time said she was going to consider the Minister’s words.

 “It opened my eyes to something new today. I heard little information about how the government is putting chemicals in the food that disrupts chemical imbalances for males dressing as females and females being masculine. It was a whole lot of information at once,” she said. “Some of it, it was just so true, it was really powerful. I think as a people, we do need to come together, especially the youth. Many youth are caught on sports and entertainment, and following celebrities, not listening to leaders that can lead society. So, honestly I think the whole message today was powerful and I think we need to move forward as a people and really just take action.”

Houston’s Muhammad Mosque No. 45 was packed to capacity with guests, visitors and citizens of the Nation of Islam. The energy was explosive, during the entire webcast.

Lewa Lewis, 30, a guest who has been listening to Min. Farrakhan speak since 2014, stated that having a comprehensive knowledge and understanding stood out the most to her. “We look at a situation in how it will benefit us first, and we don’t look at how the situation will benefit us working together collectively. That’s what I’m taking home with me.”  

Carl Danielson of Columbia, Md., watched the broadcast at Muhammad Mosque No. 6 in Baltimore. He called Min. Farrakhan “a man’s man” who talks strong whenever he hears him.  “This man doesn’t stumble in his speech. He doesn’t hesitate or act like he’s scared of White people.  He makes me stand a little taller every time I hear him.  He’s right, his work does speak for him and no one can say anything about it.  I know and love the Honorable Elijah Muhammad because of Minister Farrakhan,” said the 45-year-old bus driver.

Tarik Summers, 22, is a student at Morgan State University, an HBCU located in Baltimore. She said she was surprised the Minister knew who New York-based rap artist Loaded Lux is.    
“That blew me away.  He’s older than my grandmother and if I asked her who Loaded Lux was, she would just ‘shoo’ me away. This man is like that,” she said.

“Some of what he was talking about I didn’t quite understand but I know passion when I see it.  I’m with Farrakhan, if anyone wants to know.  I’m with Farrakhan.”

(Eric Ture Muhammad and J.A. Salaam reported from Chicago, Nisa Islam Muhammad reported from Baltimore, Ebony Safiyyah Muhammad reported from Houston, Janiah X reported from Miami and Daleel Muhammad reported from New York.)

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No Time For Fear!

By James G. Muhammad -Contributing Editor- | Last updated: Feb 21, 2017 - 12:01:20 PM

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A greater power is at work and is using President Trump to end America and White Supremacy warns Farrakhan

“Blessed is He Who sent down the Discrimination upon His servant that he might be a warner to the nations.” – Holy Qur’an 25:1

DETROIT—Donald J. Trump was elevated to the presidency by God’s permission to be used as a tool to dismantle the rule of White supremacy and to bring America and the western world to their knees, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan warned Feb. 19 in his keynote address wrapping up the Saviours’ Day 2017 weekend here.

Russia did not put Trump there, the outspoken minister said, addressing allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. He also warned the president that the decisions he makes regarding Blacks in America can hasten the destruction of the country.

“You are living in the breakup of America and the breakup of the White man’s world,” Min. Farrakhan, 83, said to the cheers of thousands in the Joe Louis Arena. “America will never be great again. The God of justice has come and America now must pay for what she has done.

“I’m here to announce today the end of this world and the beginning of a brand-new reality where all human beings will enjoy peace, justice and equality under the rule of Allah (God),” he said, speaking as a divine warner from God.
Saviours' Day gathering attracts diverse audience. Photos: Andrea Muhammad (Bottom) Young people in the audience listen closely to message. Photo: Hannibal Muhammad

With the theme “Have No Fear For the Future: The Future Is Ours,” Saviours’ Day 2017 marked the third of the last four years the Muslim organization has held its annual celebration in Detroit, the city where it was founded in 1930 by Master Fard Muhammad, teacher of Nation of Islam patriarch the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Saviours’ Day has also been known as the “crowning event” of the February Black History Month.
Joined on stage by city officials, scholars and activists from across the country, Min. Farrakhan pointed to the confusion in the U.S. Congress and the bewilderment of world leaders as a sign that they are losing control. He further warned the unseen powers that control the seat of the presidency to be careful how they treat Mr. Trump, a man who has deviated from norms and traditions of past presidents.

Mr. Trump says he’s not listening to his intelligence agencies, Min. Farrakhan said. Deceitful intelligence given to past presidents has taken the country to war, he said, noting that former Secretary of State Colin Powell required the heads of the CIA and the FBI sit with him as he testified false information at the United Nations given to him by those agencies. That information was used to help bring America into war with Iraq, he noted.
“Trump is justified of being suspicious of intelligence,” he said. “The war machine always wants America on the war footing.”

The powers that control the presidency, or  “shadow government” as it is labeled, are measuring Mr. Trump because they can’t control him, the Minister said. If they can’t control someone they usually kill him and doing so would inflame White nationalists who back the president and engulf the country in civil unrest, he said.

“If anything happens to Mr. Trump these [White nationalists] are going to cut loose and who do you think they’re going to cut loose on?” the Minister asked.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump is being serenaded by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and supporters of Israel. Following their advice would engulf America in war, the Minister said.
He challenged Jewish scholars to prove they are the chosen people of God who never received a divine warner as described in the scriptures. Jews and Arabs have had numerous prophets, but Blacks in America fit the prophetic description, he said.

The Minister laid the foundation for his three-hour message, advising the audience and the governments of the world that God is on the scene to pass judgement. He explained that the Hon. Elijah Muhammad gave him and his family alone the name Farrakhan but never told him the meaning of the name.

He (Elijah) told me he had many Alis’ and Sharrieffs’ but only one Farrakhan, the Minister said. Referencing the 25th chapter of the Holy Qur’an titled “Al Furqan” or “The Discrimination,” the Minister said the truths he speaks puts the listener in the valley of decision.

Referring to Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Imam Warith Deen Mohammad, the Minister said the students who left the Hon. Elijah Muhammad never attained the success they had with him. With Muhammad’s teachings, Min. Farrakhan said he has confounded scholars of the Muslim world. Becoming a follower of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad 62 years ago this month “was the best move of my life,” he said.

“When you become a follower of a man made by God, you come into a Master Class,” he said.

Frightened Black leadership
The Minister expressed disappointment at Black leaders who criticized him for not backing Hillary Clinton for president. He questioned how they thought they would get anything more from her than they have gotten from their decades of allegiance to the Democratic Party.

“I have been your faithful servant for 60 years or more but you will be angry with me because that White woman lost? I feel I have given you the best of my life. I have never wavered on our cause no matter how strong the opposition came,” he said.

With President Trump, many Black leaders are frightened they will no longer receive “the crumbs” that fall from their former slave masters’ table; and he has been used as a litmus test in order for Black leaders to gain favor with Whites, the Minister said.

Holding a book titled, “Understanding the Assault on the Black Man, Black Manhood and Black Masculinity,” by N.O.I. member Dr. Wesley Muhammad, Min. Farrakhan advised the president to read it before he sends the military into Black communities in Chicago to address the violence as he has planned.

The book documents how the CIA and FBI used chemical experimentation that targeted Black males and how that sinister effort has turned Black men, particularly through the prisons, into “super predators,” as they have been described by Mrs. Clinton.

“I’m sending this book to the White House. Before you come (to Chicago), read it,” the Minister advised the president. “You got to learn how White people, your people, destroyed Black youth in a chemical experiment.

“If you slaughter my little young brothers (gangs), watch what God will do for you and for the country you said you want to make great again,” he warned.

Min. Farrakhan described a plan to destabilize seven Muslim countries shown to retired general Wesley Clark 10 years before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centers. Those attacks gave the government the American support it needed to attack Iraq and Afghanistan, he said.

The Muslim leader called off the names of the seven Islamic nations that are the targets of Mr. Trump’s controversial attempts to ban Muslims traveling to the United States.

“U.S. presidents created the conditions in the Middle East that led to the refugee problem in the Middle East. It didn’t start with some Arab terrorist. It started with White folks in the Pentagon,” the Minister said.

He warned Black America that God wants them to separate from Whites. That is the reason for the unusual weather and the heightening of White rage, he said.

Have you noticed how fast Whites will call you nigger? he asked.

“In this day and time God wants to manifest himself,” the Minister said. “God wants to separate you from them and give you a nation of your own, but you don’t want that.

“I warn Mr. Trump, this is not a forsaken people and the God we serve has promised us He would fight our battles,” he said.
Jesus saves
The program began with a welcome from Muhammad Mosque No. 1 Student Minister Troy Muhammad. He said he comes to the event with an increased understanding of what Saviours’ Day means.

Calling his mother to join him at the dais, Min. Troy Muhammad said this time last year his father passed. Min. Troy Muhammad told Min. Farrakhan he feared his mother, who has had drug abuse problems, would turn to drugs to ease her pain. The Minister told Bro. Troy to bring his mother to him.

Min. Troy Muhammad told the audience that after the meeting his mother said, “I felt like I met with Jesus.” I told her, “you did,” he said to loud applause.

“One year later I can say that my mom hasn’t picked up a drug since,” he said to a standing ovation.
A proclamation welcoming the Nation of Islam to the city was also read. Michigan state Senator Bert Johnson said God is looking for people who will speak truth to power. “After we receive instructions today, I pray that we do the work. No one is coming to save us but us,” he said.

Imam Ahmed Salih of the Imams Muslim Community Council described prior meetings with Min. Farrakhan as “mesmerizing and magical.” He called on society to be “Christ-like, savior-like”; we need a healing touch, he said.

“We have policy makers that are anti-Christ-like. War is a terrorism of the rich and powerful,” he said. “Today, Muslims, Hispanics, Native Americans … we can only be Christ-like if we touch the lives of others.”

Rev. Willie Wilson of the District of Columbia and a co-convener of the historic Million Man March said the day marked 40 years that he and Min. Farrakhan have walked together in the struggle for Black liberation.

“The question becomes how did a Muslim and Christian pastor stay and work together for 40 years?” he asked.  He answered saying they didn’t allow narrow differences to keep them apart. They stand for truth and righteousness among all God’s people. There is only one God, he said.

Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones welcomed the Muslims home, adding when the Nation of Islam comes home, crime goes down … consciousness becomes the order of the day.

She announced that she introduced and passed an ordinance to name a street Mother Tynnetta Muhammad Street, in honor of the late wife of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, that would be erected the following day.

Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad of Chicago introduced Min. Farrakhan saying America would receive much needed guidance in a time of great trouble.

The Minister “has been there for you when the enemy has spit you out,” he said to Black leaders. “How dare you speak an unkind word against a man who has laid down his life for you and me. Black people will never be liberated from our oppressed condition with scared to death leadership.
“[Farrakhan] is the last man standing,” he said.

Hip hop legend Doug. E Fresh listened intently to the message. “What I really got from the Minister more than anything, man, is that he’s really on top of this game to the fullest. He sees everything, he’s paying attention. The part about him wanting to continuously learn, his humility, I mean, they say he’s 83, but he moves like he’s 45 or something. I mean, you can still feel that young spirit in him. He’s a warner,” said the entertainer, who was proud that his father came to Saviours’ Day with him.

“Me and my father, we make it an annual trip to come see the Minister. My pops, he don’t really go see nobody, so it’s just one of those blessings where you know that he’s the man of God. You know that he’s here to deliver this message and you take heed to it. You take heed to the warning or suffer the consequences.”

Hammurabi Bey, the rapper’s father said, “I found that he was a man better than me. He is a better man than me. He’s done some things I have not done, I mean, I’m doing some things, but it’s not as big as what he’s done. We just need for everybody to push for that same avenue that he’s talking about. Every man and woman got to step up to change it.” He has been coming to Saviours’ Day for about 15 years. He teaches classes in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. on science and etymology.

Federica Bey, founder of the Newark-based organization, Women In Support Of The Million Man March, who introduced the Minister at the recent State of the Black World Conference, in Newark feels there isn’t anything else that the Minister needs to say.

She said his message concerning President Donald Trump really resonated. She said she was one of the ones that voted for Hillary Clinton. She said the Minister had warned that the choices were Satan and Lucifer. She said, President Obama “said we have a choice between chicken and fish and a lot of us were vegetarians.” She said, being under much pressure from family and friends, “I chose Satan.”
Detroit resident  Elaine Steele is co-founder, along with civil rights icon Rosa Parks, of the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development. Black folks must see President Donald Trump in the context of what his presidency means for “our people,” she said.

The Detroit educator added, what really resonated “is what [Min. Farrakhan] said about educating ourselves and understanding clearly what this new administration is about, and what it means for us, as a people. What it’s going to do for us and we better be clear, as to what path we’re following.”

For Terra Defoe, faith-based director for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s office, said they were on hand to welcome Saviours’ Day and to continue the relationship. Min. Farrakhan’s message about making sure people understand the history and their purpose and mission to move forward was key for her. His words also spoke to her personally, she said. “As a woman, making sure that we have men that treat us fairly as women, and that is the most important part for me,” said Ms. Defoe.

Like Rev. Wilson, Michael Roberts, Sr., chairman and CEO of Roberts Riverwalk Hotel, too has a great, long relationship with Min. Farrakhan and is good friends with the Nation of Islam. 

The St. Louis native and “serial entrepreneur,” said he bought a hotel (now the Roberts Riverwalk Hotel) in December of 2010 after Min. Farrakhan encouraged investment in Detroit.

“I was delighted that the Minister covered so many subjects.  He did cover the concept of financial independence, which is very important.  He broached the political environment that we’re in now, and ostensibly, he’s saying what we all know, and that is both parties, if they’re going to help us, then good luck. Otherwise, we need to help ourselves,” Mr. Roberts said.

Several first time Saviours’ Day attendees from Detroit, MaKenzie, Porsha, and Kendall, shared how Min. Farrakhan’s message touched them as young women.

“It was very powerful and moving. I’ve been discussing certain things with my mother as far as like worrying and fearing about what’s happening and what’s next,” said Mackenzie. “No fear. There’s no reason to have any fear because we have God leading us. That’s been my whole thing, and when I walked in and he said that! It just further validated what I thought anyway,” she told The Final Call.
(Final Call staff contributed to this report.)