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Farrakhan To Address UK Audience

By Trevon Muhammad -Contributing Writer- | Last updated: Jul 16, 2017 - 2:32:20 PM

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LONDON—An historic event for the Black community in Britain is coming Aug. 5 when the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will speak directly to the United Kingdom for the first time since 2002.

He will speak as part of the Africa International Day Of Action remembrance celebration.

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Minister Hilary Muhammad, European Representative of the Nation of Islam and Minister Farrakhan
The event, now in its fourth year, is hosted annually by Rastafari Movement UK to commemorate Emancipation Day and refocus the attention of the Black community on the continuing journey towards liberation.

Next month’s event, which will be held at Kennington Park, is set to be the biggest yet. 

“The Rastafarian community and the Nation of Islam have always had a close relationship,” said Minister Hilary Muhammad, European Representative of the Nation of Islam and Minister Farrakhan.

“Many of us began our journey towards consciousness in Europe and the Caribbean in our teens as followers of the Rastafarian community often through the music and culture it inspired,” he added.

“We are very pleased to be working together, to bring the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s message directly to our people in the UK and throughout Europe,” said the Nation of Islam student minister.

Many groups and organizations across the religious and political spectrum have voiced support for the event as a much needed boost to the development of the Black community in Britain and across Europe. Minister Farrakhan represents a strong stance for self-improvement and self-reliance—virtues clearly necessary to address the glaring inequalities and challenges Black people face today.

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Nana Amponsem, founder of the Maarifa Hub

In the United Kingdom young Blacks under age 25 are twice as likely to be unemployed as their White counterparts. According to the Trade Unions Congress, the more educated a Black person is the greater the pay gap between educated Blacks and equally qualified Whites in Britain.

Black children are reportedly excluded from school at twice the national rate and as an ethnic group Black people are 6.5 times more likely to be stopped and searched by police. Police brutality remains a major concern with the recent death of Edson Da Silva in police custody, the latest in a long line of Black victims. Since 1990, over 1,600 people have lost their lives in police custody but no police officers have been successfully prosecuted.

Combined with the ongoing increase in working poverty and skyrocketing cost of living, these conditions have underlined for many the need for Black people to work together and develop their own institutions.

The Nation of Islam has a history of institution building. From schools and universities, to restaurants, a newspaper, and farms, the Nation of Islam creates and maintains establishments dedicated to the service of Black people.

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Student Minister Hilary Muhammad (second from right) and the Fruit of Islam (F.O.I.) walk the streets of London.

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Student Minister Hilary and the F.O.I. distribute copies of The Final Call newspaper to young men in the UK.
The Nation of Islam in the UK has grown in stature and influence since the Minister’s last direct address—having expanded from a national mosque to the N.O.I’s European regional headquarters. Under the leadership of Minister Hilary Muhammad, the mission of awakening and organizing Black people across religious and social lines has led to a number of significant events, programs and international conferences.

The last time Min. Farrakhan addressed the UK directly via satellite was December 2002. His message was in the aftermath of a historic legal campaign led by Minister Muhammad to overturn an order banning the Minister from visiting the UK. Although the exclusion order was lifted, a legal first in Britain, it was reinstated afterwards following an appeal by the government.

Nevertheless, the Minister’s standing and reputation has grown. Generations of Black men and women across Europe are  inspired by his tireless stand and work to promote unity and progress.

Nana Amponsem, founder of the Maarifa Hub, a Black business app, is among those who have been impacted.

“I listen to the Minister constantly for guidance and inspiration—what he’s accomplished and his drive to uplift his people even now at this stage of his life just motivates me to try and serve my people and to spread his message of self-reliance and unity,” he said

ShakaRa Mbandaka, of the Pan African Alkebulan Revivalist Movement, said, “It’s a monumental occasion whenever he speaks for any Black person who wants to see us move forward as a people. We are excited to hear from him.”

Niyat Asafaha, a member of Black Lives Matter UK movement and Grenfell Tower Media Watch group, is eager to hear what the Minister has to say following a number of tragedies in England.

“With everything that’s happened over the past year from Brexit to the Grenfell tower fire It’s clear we’re living a very serious time so Minister Farrakhan’s words are very much welcomed now at this moment to ensure that our emotions are guided and that we as a community, or nation, strive to be on the same moral page,” she said. “I think the Minister will help us to remain focused on what we need to do to create changes.”

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F.O.I. in London, England engage with community residents.

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Community Question Time panel in London dealt with the issue of Black deaths in police detention.

The Nation of Islam in the UK has grown in stature and influence since the Minister’s last direct address—having expanded from a national mosque to the N.O.I’s European regional headquarters. Under the leadership of Minister Hilary Muhammad, the mission of awakening and organizing Black people across religious and social lines has led to a number of significant events, programs and international conferences.

Among the recent highlights are delegations to Holland for the Durban 15 UN conference, regular Community Questions Times events to highlight and discuss solutions to pressing issues facing Black people, youth mentoring and educational programs as well as successful unity dinners to build stronger ties between Black organizations.

This year the Entrepreneurs Club was established as an initiative designed to create an economic powerbase among Black people in the UK through entrepreneurial training and business investment groups. As the program founder, Minister  Muhammad said it’s dedicated to helping Black men, in particular, to fulfill obligations to their families and communities.

“The Honorable Minister Farrakhan has taught us as Black men that we must be producers, we must be able to provide for our families and the best way for us to do this is to go into business,” he explained.

“The mission of the entrepreneurs club is for us to generate wealth not just for our personal benefit but to invest back into our communities and transform them from places we seek to escape from into harmonious and productive environments.”

The Aug. 5 event will be streamed in multiple European cities as well as in the US.

For more information please call 07480136320 or email mail@noi.org.uk.

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