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Minister Louis Farrakhan delivers message at Holman United Methodist Church


Holman United Methodist Church in the West Adams District of Los Angeles was beyond capacity last week, as residents, clergy, politicians and community leaders listened to the powerful words of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the national representative of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and The Nation of Islam.

Minister Farrakhan was introduced by the Minister Tony Muhammad, who is the Student Western Regional Minister of Minister Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. Prior to the keynote speech, Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad opened the event, which was followed by a welcome from Holman Pastor Rev. Kelvin Sauls.

The event took place nearly 20 years after the Million Man March, which was created by Minister Farrakhan. To commemorate the occasion, Dr. Maulana Karenga, creator of the pan-African and African American holiday Kwanzaa, and Danny Bakewell, Sr., publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and founder of the Brotherhood Crusade, gave reflections of the march in Washington D.C., spoke about the racial climate that we live in today, and the touched on the importance of Black leadership.

The event was put on by The Urban Issues Breakfast Forum of Greater Los Angeles. The organization has held events that featured the likes of L.A. City Councilman Curren Price; scholar, author, and cultural icon Angela Y. Davis; actor, director, producer and author Bill Duke; Congresswoman Karen Bass, President of Rainbow/Push Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., and many other Black leaders.

The organization hosts events that discusses relevant urban, social, economic and political issues. The forum is a lively exchange (debate/counter-debate) founded by two of Los Angeles’ most respected Black journalists, Samad and Bob Farrell, both of whom have been active in Los Angeles’ urban and political affairs for the past 20 years.