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On Saturday, February 27, 2016, the 10,000 Fearless Men & Women Headquarters of the South, an extension of the Atlanta L.O.C. under the leadership of Reverend Timothy McDonald and Student Minister Abdul Sharrieff Muhammad, participated in the Black History Month Parade. This historic parade started at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center National Park in Atlanta, GA and ended at Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta. The parade ended with a festival at Woodruff Park that included vending, spoken word, live performances, and guest speakers.
The 2016 Black History Month Parade pays homage to Earl Little, who passed in November 2015, but in 2011 produced the first Black History Month Parade and has since grown to become one of the largest celebrations of African-American History Month in America. The Black History Month Parade features groups participating from the downtown Atlanta Sweet Auburn district such as Frederick Douglas, Towers and Greenforest schools to as far away as Nassau, Bahamas, which showcases the award winning Legends Marching Band, the Infinity Marching Band from Baltimore, Maryland, as well as community groups from California, Florida, the Carolinas, Alabama and participants from as far away as Nigeria, South Africa and Benin, West Africa.
The 10,000 Fearless Headquarters of the South saw this as an opportunity to get out in the community and show the work that they are doing in the area of Atlanta commonly known as “The BLUFF”. Blackstone Academy, a Private Muslim School in Atlanta, allowed students from their school to join with the 10,000 Fearless Headquarters as their community patrol car and van was showcased in the parade. The participants from the Southern Headquarters wore their 10,000 Fearless hats and sweaters, that can be purchased at www.10000fearlessoftheSouth.com, and passed out flyers to over nearly 800 people that stood on the parade route watching. The goal of the 10,000 Fearless is to “Make our Community a Decent Place to Live”, as instructed by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
As the group walked in the Parade, they held a sign up that said “God is in the Bluff” a phrase coined by Student Minister Abdul Sharrieff Muhammad, this phrase is a response to the Movie by Curtis Snow “Snow in tha Bluff”, a phrase speaking to the drug scene in that area. A parade watcher shouted out from the crowd, “That’s right you definitely are in the Bluff and God is with you”, bearing witness to the work that the 10,000 Fearless is doing in the streets. As the parade passed by Georgia State University, a group of students shouted out to the 10,000 Fearless, “Now that’s what we are looking for, the 10,000 Fearless!”
The 10,000 Fearless of the South hopes to continue to make a major impact on the community in Atlanta as they follow the commands of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. They are keeping in mind the words of Minister Farrakhan from the 10.10.15, Justice or Else March, as He expressed that Justice or Else was not just a day but a movement, and the Atlanta L.O.C. went right back to their community to prove that statement with the 10,000 Fearless. The next thing up for the 10,000 Fearless of the South is to purchase a building in “The Bluff” to house their expansion of services and secure a vested interested in the community by owning land to continue to service the community for free. To donate to help them purchase a building, you can visit www.gofundme.com/10000fearlessbuild or call 678-974-7514.