Min. Louis Farrakhan Turns 80, Russell Simmons and Others Talk about His Impact
(FinalCall.com) – Chronicling the vast local, national and global impact of the nearly 60 years of consistent service, spiritual guidance and uncompromising advocacy for justice and truth exemplified by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is both undeniable and quantifiable.
Decades of fierce opposition fueled by lies, false propaganda and misunderstanding has failed to slow the momentum of the man, who became a student of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and joined the Nation of Islam in 1955.
At 80 years of age, his influence continues to resonate with young, old, Muslim, Non-Muslim, Black and White. It permeates the realm of politics, economics, education, art, culture, theology, marriage, family and social justice.
Those who have known the energetic leader from his early days as a young Muslim in New York and Boston, to those who have recently met him, his influence is far-reaching and the over-riding theme many said describe Min. Farrakhan, is consistency.
“Minister Farrakhan fascinates many Black people because he represents a type of freedom and truth that they can only dream about. Even those who disavow him in public rely on him behind closed doors because he has the courage and capacity to confront obstacles that leave most Black Americans in fear,” said Dr. Boyce Watkins, an author, activist and college professor who hosted an economic, family and education forum recently with Min. Farrakhan.
Dr. Watkins, explained why people, particularly Blacks continue to flock to the Muslim leader’s message.
“He doesn’t bend, fold or change his tune due to corporate or political pressure, and he doesn’t spend his time tap dancing for White people. He also has a degree of ownership of his own being that is nothing short of extraordinary. The truth is that he has negotiated a relationship with White America in which they may not love him, but they do fear him and respect him. It is mutual respect from White America that Black people are lacking today, largely due to our inability to secure economic, psychological and social self-sufficiency. We get these things from Minister Louis Farrakhan.”
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