Prime Minister Tillman Thomas last Friday met and held discussions with the Leader of the Nation of Islam in the United States (NOI) Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Minister Farrakhan arrived in Grenada two days earlier for a four day visit, the first stop on a revived Caribbean tour.
The Prime Minister welcomed Minister Farrakhan, a religious and social leader in the United States, and praised him for his message of social justice, respect for black women and his challenge to young black men to renew their commitment to their families and communities.
“I have followed Mr. Farrakhan’s teachings since I lived in New York. I was particularly impressed by his challenge to black men to respect black women and to become more committed to their families,” Prime Minister Thomas remarked following the hour-long meeting.
The Prime Minister also discussed several issues affecting the global economy with Minister Farrakhan, who was accompanied by two of his sons, Mustapha Farrakhan and Nasir Farrakhan, and other NOI officials.
On Thursday, the NOI Leader visited several agricultural projects, including the Nutmeg Receiving Station at Gouyave in St. John’s.
Minister Farrakhan, who was the main speaker at a weekend forum, is scheduled to visit Barbados, Dominica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Belize, and the Bahamas as part of his swing through the region.
The Chicago-based Nation of Islam has espoused Black Nationalism and self-reliance since it was founded in Detroit in the 1930s.