September 28, 1987
A capacity crowd of over 14,000 people jammed the Los Angeles Convention Center to hear a message on economic empowerment delivered by Minister Farrakhan. The theme; “Politics Without Economics Is Symbol Without Substance” was originally scheduled for August 8.
The meeting evoked a furor when Mayor Bradley was accosted by Irv Rubin, leader of the militant Jewish Defense League, at a July 22 press conference and pressured to “repudiate” Min. Farrakhan’s upcoming visit. Mayor Bradley complied and city officials called on the people of Los Angeles to reject the message, but the people showed strong support of the message and the messenger. Min. Abdul Allah Muhammad spearheaded a petition drive securing thousands of signatures from L.A. citizens in favor of hearing Min. Farrakhan.
“I am so thankful to Almighty God Allah for the blessing of having met with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, my teacher, a man who was greatly misunderstood. They called him a hater, they called him anti-American and anti-white. They called him just about anti-everything. But before he left us, the same persons who condemned him were issuing proclamations giving days and weeks of honor for the great work of reform he had done among us,” said Min. Louis Farrakhan.
I found a clip on Youtube from Shabazz Photography that provides a clip of Part 2 of this lecture done the next month in Chicago at the Final Call Administration Building. Enjoy. Click here