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LONG BEACH, Calif. (Source: FinalCall.com)—Before the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan electrified students during a keynote address here at the 14th annual Afrikan Black Coalition Conference, coalition chairman Salih Muhammad lit the fuse as he introduced the beloved 83-year-old champion of truth.
“Whether you agree with somebody or not, a man’s work always speaks on behalf of that man … for 62 years, this man, Minister Farrakhan, has worked tirelessly—for free—to ensure that our people can have a better condition of life,” the young leader said. “How long is 62 years? Sixty-two years means Minister Farrakhan was teaching our people before Steve Harvey was born. Sixty-two years means Minister Farrakhan was teaching our people before most of our parents were in their teenage years.”
He continued, “Sixty-two years mean that through three whole generations a man has been standing on his post to ensure that our people have a free, justified, and more equal life!”
The filled-to-capacity ballroom at the Westin Hotel erupted as participants responded with a standing ovation.
Minister Farrakhan spoke to the Afrikan Black Coalition’s 800-plus student members, who traveled near and far from 25 campuses to attend the 14th annual conference themed, “Reviving Our Black Nation.”
“You are our hope,” Minister Farrakhan told the students.
“When I look at you, I’m like a man coming down the mountain, going into the valley of death and I’m looking back and I see you, and you make leaving easy, because there’s hope,” Minister Farrakhan began. “You, college students, are the young colt, and the unlearned masses are out there, waiting for you. You’re going to lead them. You’re going to guide their hands to build a nation. You’re going to do the things that will inspire the hands and the feet to walk toward liberation, true freedom.”
But young people must be willing to pay a price for future generations and their own children and pursue serious studies, he stated Jan. 14.