Over the next few weeks, you will see numerous articles on my blog regarding the exciting things that will take place at this annual assembly which will mark 80 years of service by the Nation of Islam in North America. I will be posting a few interviews with people who have attended Saviours' Day Conventions in the past. I will also be posting updates about workshops, special guests and more.
Quick story......I attended my first ever Saviours' Day convention in 1998 in Chicago. I joined a group of other members in the 18-hour trek on the highway. Boy, that was the longest trip ever! But when I arrived, it was all worth it. I even met members all the way from London. It was amazing. I had a vending table to sale various pieces of my artwork and I sold out. Since that year, I have not missed one and God-Willing I will not miss this year's.
What's in store for this year? Well, you can pick up the latest edition of The Final Call Newspaper and read the cover story by Assistant Editor Ashahed Muhammad regarding what's in store. He writes:
"With America in the grips of the worst economic crisis since The Great Depression, Black youth crime and violence at high levels, and a political reality rife with contradictions, guidance from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the implementation of programming and solutions to serve the needs of Black people are needed now more than ever.
"This year's Saviours' Day convention marks the 80th year of the Nation of Islam's existence in North America. Each year, to commemorate the birth of its founder Master W. Fard Muhammad, members from around the world make the journey to Chicago, Illinois during the last week of February for a weekend of fellowship, networking, information dissemination and spiritual renewal."
Saviours' Day Director Ademah Muhammad said there has been a very close working relationship with the members of the Nation of Islam's Executive Council in planning for this event.
“When you look at what the Nation of Islam has done in the past 80 years and you see what the planet is going through at this time, it is a culmination of what the Hon. Elijah Muhammad taught and prepared us for,” said Ademah Muhammad. “Minister Farrakhan loves Black people and the members of the Nation of Islam and everything he does is motivated by that love and what he was taught and learned from the Hon. Elijah Muhammad,” he added.
The article further notes that:
"Legendary former gangster Frank Lucas, whose life was masterfully portrayed by award-winning actor Denzel Washington in the movie “American Gangster,” is scheduled to appear along with former crack kingpin “Freeway” Ricky Ross for a forum titled “Redefining the American Gangster” and Allen Hughes—one half of the dynamic movie directing duo The Hughes Brothers—the minds behind the movies “Menace II Society,” “Dead Presidents” and “The Book of Eli,” also starring Denzel Washington—will be among those participating in Saviours' Day 2010. Motivational speaker and life coach Iyanla Vanzant and Susan Taylor are scheduled to appear and participate in workshops."
[READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE]
(More to come about Saviours' Day 2010. Until then, visit the official website at http://noisd.org)