Well, with just a little more than a month left before the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March in DC, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will be attending a rally in Philadelphia, PA at the TINLEY TEMPLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (750 SO. BROAD ST.)
The doors will open at 5:00 PM, but it has not yet been ascertained what time the Minister will address the audience.
The Million Man March was originally held in DC on October 16, 1995, and actually attracted two million Black men (and the women who love them), in an epochmaking gathering that spread from the steps of the White House to the Lincoln Memorial.
It was a peaceful gathering, and a beautiful sight to behold. As Farrakhan administered the pledge to the participants, it was a stirring moment etched in Black history.
Many of the Black men who participated went home and fulfilled their pledge to devote their energy to the upliftment of Black people - some ran for office, some opened businesses, some developed affordable homes, some started education and employment programs.
But now, 20 years later, there appears to have been a deterioration of some of the efforts and energiesd the Minister sought to engender - but not necessarily as much on the part of Black men, as it has been an effort from the meanstream to undermine the good that had been started.
The Subprime Court eviscerated the Voting Rights act, leaving Black people vulnerable to the jim crow laws of the past; the economic downturn of the mid-2000 - brought to you by the courtesy of former ersatz president George Bush and the Repuglycon party, literally destroyed Black home ownership, Black businesses, and Black investments - leaving families vulnerable to foreclosures and the biggest land grab since the Oklahoma Ruin (Run?) of 1889, when they stole millions of acres of lands from Indians and Black/Indian Families.
The escalation of privatized prison facilities, and the railroading of young Black males into prisons for non-violent misdemeanor crimes on the part of handpicked paid off judges.
And of course, the increased number of egregious, heinous, aggressive, fatal shootings of Black men and women by people who call themselves members of the law enforcement, but should have never had a badge or a gun under any circumstances - who probably would not pass a sanity test, and who have been allowed to walk free by "grunge" (nothing "grand" about them) juries - likewise paid and hand picked.
With aggression coming from all corners - especially via the meanstream media's broadbrushed negative depiction of Black men, and of course our own complicit self sabotage, we are in a precarious situation as a people.
This reunion, and hopefully REUNIFICATION - of Black men (and women) and the REDEDICATION to our families, neighborhoods, and communities, is absolutely essential. PHILADELPHIA is 68% Black, and has the largest majority urban Black population in the Northeast - but acts like second class citizens, instead of a major power base.
The education system is an insult; but no one seems to be able to figure out how to change it. The housing situation in many areas is deplorable. There are adults who need as much remediation as their children need decent educations, but are allowed to continue to live in dysfunctional, semi-literate situations, similar to the way Black people lived in Philly in the 1890s when W.E.B. duBois did his epochmaking 500 in depth, sociological study entitled THE PHILADELPHIA NEGRO.
The Million Man March 20th Anniversary, which takes place October 10, 2015 in DC, is entitled JUSTICE - OR ELSE. Some view it as a threat - however, it really serves notice on a lot of levels - not just to trigger happy policemen, but to Black people who need to take principled stands to save themselves and their own families from the inner disintegration of quality of life.
But, of course, the Brother Minister is far more articulate and erudite than I am. You need to make it your business to be there on Tuesday, September 8; and even more importantly, October 10, 2015 in DC.
The admission to the Tinley Temple is free and open to the public. There are other activities that you also might be interested in below.
Stay Blessed &
Power Packed Week- Tues, Sept 1: Natl Believers Meeting
Nation of IslamIn The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.As-Salaam Alaikum!MEMORANDUMDear Brothers and Sisters,We hope this email finds you in good health and spirit.Allah willing, we will have our National Believers Meeting on:Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. Central Time.Thank you,Nation of Islam Ministry of Information
- Sat, Sept 5: Dinner with Sis Ava in Wilmington- Sun, Sept 6: Lecture from Sis Ava in Philly
- Tues, Sept 8: Min Farrakhan at Tinley Temple --Ministry of Information - MM12
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