Statement from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on the passing of 'Madiba,' the Honorable Nelson Mandela
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, national representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam, issued the following statement today on the passing of Mr. Nelson Mandela, the former political prisoner, president of South Africa, leader of the anti-apartheid struggle and African National Congress. Minister Farrakhan met Mr. Mandela in 1993 in Chicago when the then-president of the African National Congress was raising funds for voter education prior to the country’s first multiracial election in 1994. The Minister donated to that cause. Following the Million Man March, Minister Farrakhan and President Mandela met in 1996 at the president’s private residence in the Houghton District of Johannesburg, South Africa, where Mr. Mandela received only his most distinguished state visitors. The warm visit with the Minister and a Nation of Islam delegation was an important stop on a 28-nation World Friendship Tour.
“All of us who benefited from the life, and the times, and the work of our beloved brother, ‘Madiba’ Nelson Mandela, thank Almighty God Allah for bringing that great man through his beloved mother and father and making him the giant that he ultimately became.
“We thank Allah God for the power of the former president and the former political prisoner Nelson Mandela’s words and the power of his deeds to see South Africa become “free.” But the work that he did needs to be completed and it will not be completed until land taken from Black South Africans is returned to Black South Africans, and the wealth that is under the foot of South Africans that has been appropriated to others comes back to the indigenous people to whom that wealth belongs.
“On behalf of myself, my family and the entire Nation of Islam, we offer condolences to the Mandela family and the nation of South Africa at this time of our great loss. However, as Muslims we are taught in the Holy Qur’an ‘speak not of those who die or are slain in the path of God as dead, they are alive but we perceive not.’ The cause that Mr. Mandela lived for is eternal. We who love and respect him must pick up that cause and complete the work that he devoted his life to.”
Chicago-based organization adds new youth empowerment program to its services
Chicago-based Hip-Hop DetoxX (HHD) provided a key component of the 2nd Annual Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men in Chicago held recently on the campus of Chicago State University.
The goal of “The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men” hosted by The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation on November 15 -17, 2013 is to break the misguided traits of manhood and create a generation of men who are emotionally, socially and economically strong.
HHD, a non-profit public health is a critical component in the development of strategies for the community engagement and programmatic activities of the camp. During the camp, HHD present an interactive and engaging workshop entitled, “Turnt Up For Life: Males II Men”. The presentation taught camp participants how to address problems, conflicts, and issues in their urban environments using elements of hip hop and pop culture to facilitate critical thinking, conscious listening, social/emotional learning skills and healthy life-style choices.
Hip-Hop DetoxX has received national recognition for its work, and has expanded its services to include a focus on the public health issues associated with urban violence. To extend the programmatic work of the mentoring weekend, HHD will launch an intensive 60-session, DetoxX Males II Men EmPowerMenT Program, this Saturday, 11 a.m., December 7th 2014 at the Circle Foundation located at 17 N. State-3rd flr, that will keep camp participants engaged, and enhance the outcomes of the camp.
About Hip-Hop DetoxX: Hip-Hop DetoxX is a Chicago-based organization that works nationally providing innovative programming for at-risk youth that based on the evidence-based Seven Field Principle model of Dr. Carl Bell that’s designed to strengthen socio-emotional life skills development among those who are disproportionately predisposed to unhealthy lifestyle choices. Recognizing that these at-risk behaviors have a negative and lasting impact on the public health and safety of our communities, HHD designs and executes customized strategies in urban centers throughout the country. For more information about establishing an empowering mentor program in your city and other HHD services, please visit www.hiphopdetoxxonline.com or contact Brother Enoch at 773-619-2455.