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The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “We have to make our own community a decent place to live and make it safe and habitable for our people.” He was referring to the work that needs to be done in the black community, “get rid of the bloodsuckers and stop the fratricidal conflict” and ultimately unite to do for ourselves. Student Minister Abdul Sharrieff Muhammad and Reverend Timothy McDonald are in Atlanta striving to get 10,000 Fearless Men & Women to help on that mission. Minister Farrakhan also asked, a statement suggesting that we must do more, “What are we doing, other than reading and talking, to make our- community a decent place to live?” With the establishment of the 10,000 Fearless Headquarters of the South, that question was answered in Atlanta, GA. Both leaders have been able to go into the English Avenue Community, commonly known as “The Bluff”, to help change the condition of the people and the community. “The Bluff” is considered the area with the highest crime rate in the state of Georgia.
In 2005, Student Minister Abdul Sharrieff Muhammad established People United For Change Inc, that now partners with 10,000 Fearless Men & Women to bring free resources to the community at the facility housed at 801 Joseph E. Boone Blvd -Atlanta, GA 30314. (Find out more about their work at www.10000fearlessofthesouth.com or call 678-974-7514).
On March 18th, it marked the day that People United For Change Inc., Home Depot, 10,000 Fearless Men & Women of the South, Muhammad Mosque #15, Atlanta LOC for the “Justice or Else: 10.10.15” March and Sankofa United Church of Christ, under the leadership of Reverend Derrick Rice, united to bring an event called “Making Our Community a Decent Place to Live”. This event simply started by following the instructions of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, when People United for Change and the 10,000 Fearless Men & Women of the South moved into the community together, they started to help by fixing the houses on the block. They started the beautification of the neighborhood by painting the houses, doing the landscaping and even fixing the wood on the houses.
Under the instructions of Student Minister Abdul Sharrieff Muhammad, Sister Karriemah Muhammad started to go from hardware stores to paint stores asking for donation to help them do the work in the community to fix up houses in need. Sister Karriemah one day took a visit to the Home Depot in Southwest Atlanta, GA and started telling the Store Manager, Jeff Stallings, about the work they were doing in the community. The initial request was just for paint to be donated, but Mr. Stallings had something else in mind. He told Sister Karriemah that they would like to do more to assist them than just donate paint, after doing a site visit, they agreed to donate all the supplies to be used on March 18th to help fix local houses near the 10,000 Fearless Men & Women Headquarters of the South.
The project on March 18th consisted of painting houses, fixing roofs, putting up new fences, picking up trash in a 2-mile radius, landscaping and creating a peace garden for local residents, especially veterans, for them to have a peaceful place to come and relax. One of the residents, whose house was fixed, Mother Odessa, said, “The work that you all are doing is marvelous and is what our community needs, I prayed to God and asked for help with my house and then you all came. This is a great work that you all are doing.” On that day the activities started at 8am as over 150 volunteers came and helped throughout the day. It was really a great day, as the supplies came in the volunteers went to work, from as young as 4 years old and up, everyone went to work. The Atlanta LOC sponsored the food and Wellcare donated water so that all the volunteers could eat for free throughout the day. At one point, Brother Vaughn Muhammad a.k.a. DJ Rockwell took out his equipment and started playing music as everyone enjoyed themselves and even the Vanguard drill team of Muhammad Mosque #15 performed for the community. The day ended with a live broadcast from the porch of the house as WAOK 1380 Radio Show hosted by Derrick Boazman interviewed Student Minister Sharrieff, Reverend McDonald and all those involved in making the event possible. The day was very peaceful and a great example of Love & Unity.
This project is just the beginning as Student Minister Sharrieff and Reverend McDonald plan to start a program that will go block to block finding out what residents need their houses restored and then they will fix them for free with the help of volunteers. This is just a great example of when we follow the divine instructions of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, there are blessings stored up waiting for us, but doing the work of serving our people comes first. The key to the work that the 10,000 Fearless Men & Women of the South are doing is Love & Unity, we must want for our brother and sister, what we want for ourselves. In the Holy Bible, it reads in Matthew 25:40 (KJV), “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Love & Unity. Peace!!