Have some love in your heart – Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan

by Kofi Ayim

The Institute of the Black World (IBW) 21st Century held a 5-Day mammoth “State of the Black World Conference IV” November 16-20, 2016, at the Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, NJ. The opening day ceremony of the multifaceted event included the Pan African Institute that focused on the struggle for democracy and development in Africa, the Caribbean,Central and South America within the context of reparations for people of African descent. It was chaired by Mr. Danny Glover, an Actor, Humanitarian, Activist and Chairman of the Trans-Africa Forum.

In a capacity filled and elaborate closing ceremony, Dr. Maulana Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa and its Seven Principles and Founder of the US Organization heaped praises on Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World for his leadership in bringing Africans from all walks of life to deliberate and brainstorm on pertinent issues of and about Africa and Africans. Dr. Karenga also paid glowing tribute to past leaders of the struggles for a just Africa. Kwanzaa, which is 50 years old this year, is a 7-Day African holidays that starts- December 26.

Speaking under the theme It’s Nation Time Again, the Professor and Chair of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach emphasized that the struggles against oppression, imperialism, and racism con- tinue unabated. Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Head of the Na- tion of Islam, delivered the Closing Charge. He pointed out that in the struggles, sometimes the worst enemy is within. He challenged the crowd to help rescue and heal the world of its troubles. He reiterated Dr. Karenga’s stand “to make a new world in our awakening.”

He opined that the Black person is simply fighting for freedom, justice, and equality and “if we are not getting it under their flag, then we have to get it under our own flag.” He charged that Black people can get their own only when they are united. “Fifty million is a lot of us to have our own,”he philosophized. “You represent the intellec- tual strength to teach the un- learned the righteous way,” he added. Hon. Minister Farrakhan suggested that people would be liberated from mental and economic slavery if only the word of absolute truth is impacted to them. Tracing the history of humankind, he remarked that the Black person is the origin of humanity and civilization. He observed that it is imperative for Black people to have some love in their hearts and to envy no one.

Minister Louis Farrakhan saluted the late Amiri Baraka for his- contributions to his community and race. Present at the closing ceremony was the Hon. Ras Baraka, Mayor of the City of Newark,NJ, Dr. Leonard Jefferies, Chairman, World African Diaspora Union, Ms. Fredrica Bey Founder of Women in Support of the Million Man March, and a host of civic, community, religious, political and opinion leaders.

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