HBCU Made: We Salute Minister Louis Farrakhan
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was born May 11, 1933 in The Bronx, NY and has been the leader of the Nation of Islam for 42 years and counting. Although his journey has not been without controversy, Minister Farrakhan has long been a political activist for Black communities. He graduated with honors from Boston English High School where he ran track and played the violin. Minister Farrakhan studied music at Winston-Salem Teachers College (now Winston-Salem State University) for 3 years. He advocated against drugs and crime, for clean living, and Black self-help and empowerment. On October 16, 1995 in Washington, D.C., Farrakhan helped organize the Million Man March, a peaceful protest and call to action for a million black men.
He was a protégé of Malcom X by promoting black unity and later replaced him as head minister of Harlem’s Temple No. 7 after Malcom’s break with the Nation. On May 21, 2016, Minister Farrakhan visited Winston Salem to speak at a fundraising event to raise money for a museum to honor black entrepreneurs. For his support and encouragement of the Black community, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. honored Minister Farrakhan with their Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted him into the fraternity with an honorary membership. We thank Minister Louis Farrakhan for his empowerment and inspiration for Black people to be self-reliant, sustainable, and to rise to greatness.
We salute Minister Louis Farrakhan for being HBCU Made!