Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan will commemorate the 80-year anniversary of his Chicago-based religious group alongside celebrity attendees Wyclef Jean and Raheem DeVaughn this weekend. Minister Farrakhan, who has long held relationships with members of the hip-hop community, will use the annual Saviours' Day celebration to address the recent earthquake in Haiti and to encourage donations from the African-American community.
"I intend in my Saviours' Day address to provide Divine warning and guidance from [former leader] the Honorable Elijah Muhammad to the Black community to the American people and to our brother, President Barack Obama," he said in a statement. "It is critical that everyone understand the time in which we live so that we can act in the manner that could save our lives." Details surrounding both Jean and DeVaughn's appearance have yet to be released.
The three-day event begins Friday (Feb. 26) at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. It will commence Sunday (Feb. 28) with Min. Farrakhan's keynote address 'The Time and What Must Be Done' at the United Center in Chicago. Other notable invitees include author Dr. Iynala Vanzant, director Allen Hughes, and founder of Essence Magazine, Susan Taylor.
Founded in Detroit in 1930, the Nation of Islam is a Muslim organization based on economic, spiritual, mental and social resurrection for African-Americans in both North America and abroad. Among its most famous members was Malcolm X, who left the group in the 1960s and converted to orthodox Islam before his assassination in 1965. Min. Farrakhan has lead the group since 1978.