By Bashir Akinyele
“Too Black, Too Strong” -Malcolm X (the first and former National Spokesman for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad)
“I won’t let history write out the legacy of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad” -The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan (the Spokesman for the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam)
“We must put Black Power on the hearts and minds and lips of Black youth all over again in America” Dr Khalid Abdul Muhammad (the former National Spokesman for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the former National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party)
“Accept Your Own and Be Your self”- the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad (Co-Founder of the Nation of Islam)
“The Nation of Islam’s Black empowerment program is too important to Black people and the Black Liberation Movement to die” – Bashir Muhammad Akinyele (a former member of the Nation of Islam)
While the Nation of Islam struggles to find its place in Deen Al-Islam, they have not forgotten about helping uplift the African American community. On their pathway to the Muslim Ummah (Community), the Nation of Islam boldly believes that Afrikan people, and people of color, must first have a Black empowerment program that centers on Black Liberation. This is what makes the Nation of Islam uniquely different from many other Islamic groups within the Muslim community. The Nation of Islam has made the agenda of Afrkan people a priority. They believe it is absolutely imperative that Afrikan people must be freed from the shackles of racism.
Although some folk, and the power structure, want us not to read this book, Message to Blackman in America, written by the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the co-founder of the Nation of Islam. It is a must read to help us devise an agenda for real Black Power in every hood in America, and in the world, by respecting the Blackwoman, establishing strong Black families, protecting the Black community, uniting with our Black selves, loving our Black selves and establishing Black businesses. As many of us Black Conscious folk already know, anything that is pro-Black, and strong, the racist power structure will try to discredit it entirely. This has already happened, and is still happening, to the Nation of Islam from 1975 to the present day. (All Praises Are Due to Allah (God) that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has re-established Nation of Islam’s Mosques in every major city in America for our people to hear the pro-Black teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad since his death in 1975). However, looking at the current poor conditions Afrkan people are in today, we are not free and independent from the White power structure, or anyone’s power structure.
We are very dependent on White people for our basic necessities, for our 5O1CEs, for our schools, for hospitals, for our mental health clinics, for our elected officials, for media, for music, for our Rap music, for philosophy, for economics, for ideologies, for our leaders, for theologians, for our technology, and our political affairs.
Then, on top of all that, we still are battling Black self-hatred that stems from American and European slavery. In my humbled opinion, I believe that the pro-Black teachings of Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad are needed now than ever before in the African American community.
Despite our people experiencing gains in the Civil Rights Struggle of 1950’s and 60’s, and Black Pride during the Black Power Movement of the 1960’s and early 70’s, the African American community has fell back to sleep. Hopefully, with the efforts of exposing our next generation of Afrkan people, particularly, Black youth, to a serious Black consciousness spirit coming through a Black Liberation teachings, such as the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, I pray it will wake up and inspire our people all over again and produce a new wave of strong principled Black leaders in the new millennium.
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