Brother Abdul Akbar Muhammad has traveled throughout the African diaspora. An esteemed scholar with deep roots in the Nation of Islam, he serves as the International Representative of the Honorable Louis Farrakhan. Brother Akbar recently visited Buffalo to promote his new book “Africa and the World Revisited,” where he spoke to a receptive audience at the CAO Rafi Greene Center followed by a question and answer session and a book signing last Sunday.
Hosted by Mosque No. 23, it was an engaging lecture highlighted by Akbar’s ability to effortlessly connect and integrate realities about Africa and much of what we as Africans in America are experiencing today; from the impact of “colorisim” with its roots in colonization and enslavement to redefining “gangs” and the importance of family reunions and writing our own personal histories. Frequently using a pointer to reference a large map of Africa behind him, Brother Akbar announced that the new president of Liberia, George Weah, is scheduled to visit the United Nations in a few weeks. Having recently attended a Trade and Investment conference there, he gave a brief history of mineral rich Liberia and Sierra Leone and the struggles ex-enslaved Africans who left America and returned there, faced. “We’re wrestling with some of the same things today as a people” he noted.
On the bright side he said there are opportunities in Liberia. Organizing and assisting visits to Liberia for African Americans is one of his goals. When asked about the next bastion of Pan African Leadership on the Continent, he replied that he did not see it in the immediate future, because “fear of the West” was a hindrance. He noted the leader of Rwanda and the New President of Ethiopia as examples of leaders being potentially able to take such a leadership role in the future.
Other highlights from his talk: •Bringing issues current, he reflected on funeral service held for the great Aretha Franklin. He said he was insulted by the minister who preached her obituary. While Aretha was saying we had to stand together Akbar noted, the speaker “degraded the Black man. He was off base and should have kept the focus on Aretha Franklin instead of talking about our internal issues in front of the world.” He made it clear that Minister Farrakhan, who attended and sat on the dais at the family’s request, did not go there to speak, only to show respect for his beloved friend. The Nation passed out an historic 90,000 free commemorative issues of The Final Call at the service.
•Brother Akbar reminded us that It is the duty and responsibility of the elders and conscious people to teach respect and share what we know with our young men and women. We should not be afraid of them, instead “walk thru a little history with them” and tell our story to help them thru whatever crisis they may be faced with.
* “Gangs are young men in the street who want to be respected by their peers,” and are influenced by Hollywood, he taught, “but they need to know that going to jail is not a badge of honor!”
•The importance of family cannot be overestimated and family reunions, he said “have to be more than just a big party.” He reminded us that “God is the ingredient that holds your family together.” Sharing some of his own family history he acknowledged, “it was the Black woman (who was always) the backbone.”
•The root of racism concluded that the African scholar, is the false notion that “White is superior and anything dark is inferior and that the White man is the closest thing to God.” It is a falsehood and a mindset that continues to wreck-havoc on the world and must, for the sake of humanity, be eliminated. Brother Akbar also spoke in Rochester on September 8 at the New African Cultural Center on Arnette Blvd. during his Western New York trip.
His new book, Africa and the World: Revisited is described as “a comprehensive collection of Africa-focused articles written over a decade, offering insight and analysis from his lifetime of experience in international relations.” Brother Akbar has traveled to 154 countries – 44 of which are in Africa. He also hosts Legacy Tours to Africa.
The 2019 tour to Ghana is scheduled for July 3 – 14. For information about his book or the Legacy Tour, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (678)-549-4775. ~A.B.
(Pictured Above Bro. Abdul Akbar Muhammad and Challenger News Editor and Publisher Al-Nisa Banks )