[Editor’s note: The following article contains edited excerpts from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s keynote address Sunday, October 18, 2015 live via webcast from the Nation of Islam’s National Center, Mosque Maryam, in Chicago, Illinois. The day’s program “Justice Or Else! II: The Way Forward”, included major presentations from speakers who time constraints and changes to the program on Oct. 10, 2015 did not allow to speak or required abbreviated remarks. It also included a brief report on the reach of 10-10-15, with Jesse Muhammad reporting 1.5 billion were reached via the Farrakhan Twitter Army and supporters over social media. Justice Or Else! trended in days before and days after the 20th anniversary gathering at the U.S. Capitol and down the National Mall and trended number one across all social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Twitter users were talking about “Justice…Or Else!” in 400 cities in 92 countries. The Minister’s lecture was also translated in real time into five languages—Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic and English. Min. Farrakhan’s message Oct. 18 followed major presentations in the justice struggle related to proper education, Native American and indigenous grievances and injustices, concerns over vaccine safety, veteran services and affairs, reparations and international expressions of support.]


I bear witness there is but one God, Whose proper name is Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His messenger.  I greet all of you, my dear brothers and sisters, with the greeting words of peace:

 As-Salaam Alaikum.

I want to thank Brother Ishmael, and all those who spoke before me:  I thoroughly enjoyed every word that you spoke, that I heard: Brother Abdul Akbar Muhammad on behalf of numerous international dignitaries who sent greetings and well wishes in support of “10.10.15” (which included a special video presentation from St. Vincent & Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves regarding reparations and Caribbean socio-political affairs); Charles Steele, Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); Dr. Wayne Watson, president of Chicago State University; U.S. Army veterans Rochelle Crump, president of National Women Veterans United and Community, and Sel Dunlap, board member of Lawndale AMACHI Mentoring Program in Chicago; a special video presentation on vaccinations by former U.S. senator Bobby Kennedy, Jr.; and speaking on the rights of Native Americans and the Indigenous, Jay Winter Nightwolf, originator and host of The American Indian Truths radio show, and  Phyllis Young, Sioux Tribal Government At-Large, from Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.

I pray that with the words that were spoken, that were heard by internet throughout the United States and throughout the world that the world will see, through the words that these illustrious brothers and sisters spoke, what our intentions were for “10.10.15.” I thoroughly enjoyed, and was enlightened and inspired, as I believe you were, to hear such beautiful, soulful representation of our soldiers, our Native Americans—all of those who had words to say …  I thank Allah for all of you.

I would also like to mention three very, very, very special brothersNicolaus David, Azubile Akunne and Lalibela Emmanuel, members of The Cycle of Peace organization. If there ever was a demonstration of courage, a demonstration of the power of the will to overcome any impediment or obstacle in the path, these brothers showed what they could do by getting on their bicycles and riding 800 miles to Washington, D.C. These are giants. And they are in the company of everyone that spoke today. They are the demonstration of “The 10,000 Fearless.”  They honored me, and us, beyond words, to do what they did. 

Mosque Maryam was standing room only Oct. 18 for part 2 of the “Justice Or Else!” rally in Washington, D.C., with special speakers and a special keynote message from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Photo: Jesse Muhammad




There are just a few things that I want to say, and I hope you will be patient with me; but my first thought was on “the disappointment.”  There were some who wanted to speak, and time and circumstances did not permit it.  And some who felt it was right that they speak, and it is, because they do good work, and then were disappointed when they were not allowed to speak. I was hurt for my brother Jay Winter Nightwolf …  And, I know that the Native People have something to say to us; and if anything, other things should have taken less precedence. But the Native and Indigenous People of this hemisphere must not ever again be considered an “afterthought.” 

Those Native People, our Mexican brothers and sisters (who desired to address those gathered on The Mall): These are not ego seekers. These are people with a serious message, and serious demands—not that the government does not know. But I wanted the world to see and hear:  What the Indigenous have suffered, are suffering. What the Mexicans, who are Indigenous people—the real ones—have suffered, are suffering and what we suffer.

Min. Farrakhan pays tribute to members of Cycle of Peace, who biked 800 miles from Chicago to Washington, D.C., to mark the 20th anniversary gathering of the Million Man March on Oct. 10.

I wanted the world to see the hypocrisy of America, traveling all over the world to tell others how they should live; and telling us that “this one” needs to be sat down, and “that one” needs to be sat down, and my brother Muammar Gadhafi of Libya “needed to be sat down”… 


America created the refugee problem that is now plaguing Europe—because America, England, France and Italy wanted to kill a man who has done more for Libya and more for Africa than all of these bastards put together. 

I didn’t “curse”:  I know The Illegitimate Children when I see them, and when we suffer from their wickedness.


In every life, at some point, we are bound to face disappointment. Consider if someone were to tell you, “Just call me when you get there”—and then the phone is off (not answering); or, “Oh, don’t worry, just loan me the money. I’ll give it back to you next week,” and they never pay you back. 

Those are examples of “disappointment,” which is defined as “the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations.” 

My mother would promise me things, and I would be expecting things, and when it didn’t happen, I would be in my room—I couldn’t say it while she could hear it, but I’d be cursing under my breath and I would be saying how, “She promised me … .”  That’s how important our word is; and that’s how important it is when people trust us. 



Photo: Tim 6X

To the students that were there on The National Mall for 10.10.15:  Some of you are disappointed because Farrakhan is “a fire brand” and the fire escaped you. And that is because you were not listening as well as you should. So, to all of those that expressed disappointment with the Minister’s lecture, saying, “I mean, I thought he was gonna go in”: You didn’t see how deep I went in. 


My young brothers and sisters, let me tell you something: I am in love with you. Do you know the worst thing that I could have done was to tap your anger and your frustration, and have you go off “half-cocked”—and then end up slaughtered? Then your mothers, your fathers, your cousins, your uncles would say, “If they hadn’t listened to that n—a Farrakhan, they would be alive today!” Well you are alive—and you will continue to be alive, if you listen to your brother.

So handling disappointment is a part of The Life Struggle, because when you are disappointed, the best of you, or the worst of you, can manifest. Those of us who are more “ego driven”:  Pay attention to what I heard my Indian sister say. She said she was not “ill-affected” because the substance of “doing something” is better than “the drama,” the “pomp and circumstance,” of the moment. But some of us are “pomp and circumstance”Negroes that want to be seen, but don’t want to do The Work that will liberate our people. Some of these, the disappointed ones, were very critical; and, they joined “a chorus”—but they didn’t know what the hell they were criticizing. 

Brothers and sisters, the enemy does not want to see Black and Red and Brown come together; and, any stumble or mistake that we make, they capitalize on it. For example, for those who say to our Native family: “I told you! You shouldn’t have gone there with them Black people, because the Black people always want be out front—and they don’t want listen to us!” From that kind of talk I know you never heard what I said on 10.10.15. You are driven by pain …. It’s so difficult to get not only Black and Red and Brown to sit together, but for us as a people to come past our own envy


Do you know how hurt some people were that “10.10.15” turned out successful? See, it forces some of you to rethink what you think about Farrakhan—because there is no other Black man, or Red man, White man, Blue man who could have called such a gathering as Justice Or Else! …  What the hell are you envious about? If God has chosen me to make a call—pay attention, you disappointed ones—if God chose me to call you to something bigger than me and you, that wasn’t “I” who was successful, it is “We” who were successful. 

However, no Negro organizations joined; and the big leaders, they weren’t there. But Black Youth were there. What happened to the preachers—that they weren’t there? What happened to the old-line leadership—that they weren’t there? What is it that God called, and The Youth answered?

Some of the elders are not worthy of these young people: You are not worthy to be their fathers, you are not worthy to be their brothers, you are not worthy to be their teachers—with a bunch of sellout, scared-to-death Negroes who bow down to White Supremacy at the expense of your peoples’ suffering.


When your ego gets messed up—and, that’s not unusual for us—for the ego in man is The God in him. That’s what makes you say “I”—but even God says “We” and “Us,” but He is qualified to say “I.” “And I did this! And I did that!” That “I” stuff:  That’s The God in you that’s out of control because you don’t have enough of God in you to make your “‘I’ talk” real. 

Jesus in whom was the indwelling Spirit of God said: “I can of myself do nothing … whatsoever The Father bid me to do, whatsoever The Father bid me to say, I do and I say.”

The day after, at the Marquis Marriott, the leader of 100 Black Men said, overwhelmed by what was done the day before, “I want to introduce the great leader—the great leader, Louis Farrakhan.” Most Negroes, Niggas and Colored People, you can’t wait for somebody to call you “the great,” “the Great”—“THE GREAT.” 

When they called Jesus “good,” he stopped and asked a question: “Why calleth thou me good?  There is none good but The Father.” I am not “great”—God is Great! And the beauty of God is He shares His Greatness with us!  But if we want to take the credit for what we are not worthy of … God said, “He who exalts himself shall be abased. But he who humbles himself shall be exalted.” 

I told you on that day: I didn’t make that call. He made it through His servant. So I said, “I am the servant”—yes, a Great Servant of The Great Leader. “Well, maybe you shouldn’t even have said ‘the great servant.’ ”

My greatness as a servant is well documented … You haven’t served him better.

The spirit of The Devil (Iblis) is always that “I am better.”  He can’t humble himself. “What hindered you, Iblis, that you didn’t submit when I commanded you?”Allah asks in the Holy Qur’an, Iblis said:  “I am better than he.” 

You recognize that none who did not accept The Call could have made The Call.  And if you did make it, no one would pay you any attention. That’s real. It has nothing to do with me … but it has something to do with the kind of heart that God gave me. That he could give me a call to give to you and then touch your heart and cause you to respond.

Arrogant people, ego-driven people, feeling that they are worthy of something that they may not be worthy of, feel that way because they feel they’re better than the next person. So Allah said to Iblis:  “Get forth from this state … for it is not for thee to behave proudly therein.”

When we’ve got a big work to do, a work that is bigger than you and me: This arrogant, proud “B.S.” that comes out of us disallows us to work in unity, because one is always trying to show the other one “how great thou art.” You go to church and say: “How great thou art…”

But you’re lying to God, because you believe you’re as great as The God—and that’s insanity.  That’s why “pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Some people say, “Well, The Minister is arrogant.” You never have heard me boast in myself; because if I did, I wouldn’t be standing in front of you today. I boast in God. I boast in His Messiah—the two of them who back me. If you can’t say out of your mouth what I just said out of my mouth, then you get up on your damn feet and come on and follow me. Let’s get this work done.

We’re about to boycott Christmas. You love Christ? Then the hell with “Santa.” Up with Jesus! Down with Santa! Bury him as a liar who is now captivating the people in Jesus’ name. When we start boycotting, and really laying it down …  it’s going to take a great organized effort to really be as successful as we would want to be.

Some of us have organizational skill; but there are some people who don’t claim Islam whose organizational skill is better. Some of them say: “I want to give my service, must I be a Muslim?” They don’t want to be bothered with “religion.”  Can you blame them? 

So we’re not here to force religion on you. We’ve got to get free … we’ve got to get justice!

Whether “In God” or not, we have got to have Justice—Or Else!

Some of us, when we show up to be great organizers of this effort:  You’re going to get a call.  When Young Jeezy was on the phone with me, I said: “Brother, you’ve turned the corner”—he didn’t know what I meant. But [within] the next few days, he was arrested.

There are some brilliant young people in this audience who made a beautiful “10.10.15” video; they are rappers, from “Terror Town”—where are the brothers? Where are my brothers? Stand up brothers … No, no, don’t—don’t sit down. You are a part of this … Your skin color doesn’t take you out of the equation.  Your work has made you all brothers.

Now, as I look into your faces? See: This is what I am willing to give my life for; these young people. Because they have grown up in the hood—they don’t fear anything. They don’t fear death, because many don’t think they’re going to live … But I pray that you will live to be the great men that you were born to be to lead our people.

Now somebody told me that the brothers had done some “drill rap.” And “drill” is hard … I mean, that’s “getting right down on it.” And sometimes, the brother will show a weapon that they might have; because that’s what “drill” is—“ We’ll drill you …” But the moment they put out a decent rap celebrating “10.10.15”:  The enemy was alerted.

He doesn’t care if you’ve got guns and the type of weapons that you’ve got—he doesn’t care, because he doesn’t think you will ever use those weapons on him. He knows that when he gives you the guns you’re going to kill somebody that looks just like you. But the moment he feels you are becoming conscious: Whatever you ever did, he’ll come and present you with yourself, and arrest you. Now brothers, this is why we have to protect our young people, because these are The Ones that God wants.