[Editor’s note: The following article contains excerpts from the keynote address delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on Saturday, April 2, 2011 titled, “Channeling Our Intelligence and Creative Energy to Save Ourselves” during Howard University’s 2nd Annual HBCU Leadership Summit held at Howard’s Cramton Auditorium, Washington, D.C.]


In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.

To the distinguished brothers and sisters who are on the rostrum, to the wonderful student leaders from the various campuses; and to all of the students and faculty of Howard University: I want to thank your wonderful president, the faculty and the students for allowing me to come once again to Cramton Auditorium to be here with you at Howard University. I have not been on a Black college campus for many, many years. Not because I didn’t want to come, but there are Forces that have control over many of our intellectuals and presidents, that put fear into them that Farrakhan should not be a man invited to a Black college or university. Not only was I banned, but many of my ministers and representatives, that could have made a difference in your lives, were not permitted to come.



When you reach that point in your life where you don’t have as many years in front of you as behind you, you always begin to think: “What will I leave behind when my days are up?” And as I look at the condition of our people, not so much the learned class that have “fit in”; not so much the brilliant millionaires and billionaires that have seemed to “make it,” but when I look at the condition of the masses of our people, I wonder: “What will I leave when God calls me in?” and, “What can I do in the remaining time that I have to prepare these Young Giants” for what you are going to face? The Future of our people is in your hands.


But what kind of Future will we have if you don’t know The Present, and understand what is happening in the world around you? What kind of Future can you build if you don’t know The Past, for The Present is built upon The Past; and The Future is built upon The Present?

So if you don’t know The Time, and the dictates of The Time, then your college years will only be a “social” experience, and not a meaningful experience that will benefit your children, and your children’s children.

Old World to Perish; New World Brought in Through Christ

 In the Book of John 3:16, John The Apostle said: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

“God so loved the world…” Not “this” world, “the” world. The definite article “the” is telling you about a world that God was so in love with, that He would give His only begotten Son! What does “give Him” mean? This means put Him among a people that would hate Him! Put Him among a people that would speak evil of Him! Put Him among a people that would lie! And put Him among a people that even though the miracles that He was doing—making The Blind see, The Deaf hear, The Dumb speak, and Raising The Dead to Life—that they would say He was doing that by “the power of Beelzebub,” a devil!

But God loved the world. What world? Not this world, for The Book teaches that the love of this world is enmity with God. How could you love a world that has destroyed the future of human beings by destroying their minds, and corrupting their soul and their spirit? How can you love a world that has destroyed a man, where man cannot be recognized as one made in the image and the likeness of God? How can you love a world that has destroyed a female, and made her a “tart”: something sweet, delectable and delicious, that men use and play with, and throw away, because she has not been acquainted with who she really is and what God’s Purpose is for a female?

That’s not taught at Howard! That’s not taught at Harvard! That’s not taught in the institutions of the world! And I’m sorry to say it’s not taught in many churches, because churches have been corrupted by the powers of the world! Preaching is more “acting”; church is more “entertainment,” and I don’t want you to be any preachers like that! I don’t want you to sell your soul for some money, when Christ didn’t build “churches”! Christ built people. And if you’re not building people, you don’t know Jesus Christ.

     God so loved The World that He was bringing in through Jesus: A New World, a Better World, where there would be no racism, no sexism, no nationalism, no division of people, for the Bible, in the Book of Galatians 3:28-29, teaches that there would be “no Jew, no Greek, no male, no female, no bond, no free,” all would become “one in Christ.”

     Do you know Him? I don’t know that you do, because if we knew Him, we wouldn’t be sexist. If we knew Him, we would never be divided by race, or color, or ethnicity. If we really knew that Beautiful Message of this Messianic Figure, all the things that divide human beings would fall away.

But then there would also be “division.” “What do you mean ‘division,’ Farrakhan?” God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever would believe in him would not perish. Why is the word “perish” used? What is going down, that a lot of people are going to perish with a world that God has judged from the beginning as not having permanence in His Universe? Refer to the Book of Isaiah 9:6-7:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end. …”

     Right now, we are set to perish with a world that is going down around us. America is under Divine Judgment: Birds falling out the sky, fish dying on the banks, whales coming up dead. … And this is not just happening here, it’s happening all over the world! Look at the weather; look at what God is doing! Look at America—this is where we live! Do you think you have a Future in this? Let’s see, let’s see …

    The Enemy has told us that if we get a “good education,” we’ll get a job; and with a job, we’ll be able to make money. And with that money, we’ll be able to afford “the good things of life,” so some of us have that: a little money, a little Mercedes Benz, a nice home—but we’re perishing because we are of the world that we’re in. See, if you really knew Christ; if you really knew The One Who is bringing in A New World, your talk would be different. Your walk would be different. Your dress would be different. Your mind would be different, because The Book teaches me that if you “knew Christ,” you would become a new creature.

The People of The Prophecy

Dear students: Who are you? What is your destiny? What should you be studying to fulfill your destiny? If you believe in the Bible, let me quote it. In the Book of Genesis 15:13-15, God is talking to Abraham (Abram): “And God said to Abram, ‘Know of a surety your seed will be a stranger in a land that is not theirs. And they shall serve them, and they shall afflict them 400 years.’” And the Book says, “After that time I—God talking“will come.” I like that!

God, what are You going to do when You come?” “I’m going to judge that nation which they shall serve. And afterwards shall they come out”—not “go in,” not “integrate in,” but come out“with great substance. And go to their fathers in peace, and be buried in a good old age.”

Now, Jewish people tell you that they fulfill that. Well, I can only go by history … I remember when the Peace Accord was struck with Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat; and, Begin said to Sadat,“You know, when our people were enslaved in Egypt; you know how we built the pyramids, and …”Sadat looked at him and said, “We have no record of that,” because if you did it once, why can’t you do it again? You don’t have the Mathematics and the Science that the ancient Aboriginal Black people had!

Brothers and sisters, you are the direct descendent of God Himself and the Original People of the Earth! That’s why you should hold your head up, throw your shoulders back, and walk heavy on the Earth! How dare the White man tell us, “Well, if you don’t like it, go back to Africa!” Hell! What are you talking about? We know where you came from! We gave you a place—you didn’t have one before we gave you one! In fact, you didn’t have life before we gave you life! Students, have you studied Biology? Have you gotten to Genetics yet? Have you read somewhere that light skin is recessive, and dark skin is dominant? Have you read that light eyes are recessive, and dark eyes are dominant; and you can get the recessive from the dominant, but you cannot get the dominant from the recessive? What does that tell you?

White man: Don’t tell us where we need to go! The Bible teaches that the Earth is The Lord’s, and the fullness thereof! And whether you want to accept it or not, we are The Lord’s that 196,940,000 square miles of Earth belong to! And God intends to take the Kingdom from whom He pleases, and give it to whom He pleases.

A Lesson in Congruency

In the Book of Deuteronomy, the 18th Chapter, the 18th verse, God is talking to Moses: “I am going to raise them up a prophet like unto you, Moses.” Interesting, isn’t it? “And I’m going to put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” Who is this “them” God is talking about?

You can’t have a “man like Moses” unless you have a “people like the Children of Israel.” And you can’t have “a people like the Children of Israel” unless you have “somebody like a Pharaoh” that would put oppression on that people for a period of 400 years or more!

I remember when I was in high school, I was in my Geometry class and one of the theorems that I had to learn was: “If Side Angle Side of Triangle A is equal to Side Angle Side of Triangle B, then these two Triangles are said to be congruent.”

The Black man and woman of America are the victims of The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, who were brought into America on a ship named “Jesus,” as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us in the year 1555. Now you were taught this began in the year 1619, but you got it wrong! Our Knowledge came from The Mouth of God—I don’t know where yours came from; but let me tell you what is missing here: From 1555 to 1619 is about 64 years. During the 1950s, there was a program on radio/TV called The $64 Question—have you heard of it? Then they raised it to The $64,000 Question. Where do you think they got the number “64” from?

See, it took a period of 64 years to take away from you an African culture, an African personality; the Knowledge of your language, your religion, your God, your culture, your history! And turn you into a Negro: Having eyes, but you really can’t see. Having ears, but it’s difficult for you to hear. Having a tongue, but unfortunately, you really can’t Speak until Knowledge comes to you into your ears that will allow your tongue to move in a different way.

That’s why you, and I, and we, are in need of a Jesus today because you’ve been tricked so bad! Now, let me show you The Trick, with the Help of God.

God’s Promise: A Land of Our Own

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us 75 percent of what you read in the New Testament is about a future Jesus, a prophetic man. Twenty-five (25) percent is the historical Jesus. The Historical Jesus, as the Qur’an teaches, was a Sign. The Qur’an says Jesus and his mother Mary were a sign (HQ 21:91 and 23:50). A “sign” is that which points to or towards something greater than itself.

If Jesus 2,000 years ago were in fact “The Messiah,” he wouldn’t be as Paul saw him, a “man born out of due season.” Jesus doesn’t come “early,” Jesus comes on time; and you should look for Jesus at The End of the Present World, because II Thessalonians, Chapter 2, verses 8-10 tells you, that God’s coming is after the workings of Satan, whom He will consume with the Spirit of His Mouth on the brightness of His Coming: “And then shall that Wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

See, I have to challenge you now to be real theologians, because the White man didn’t make Black people real theologians! He made you so-called theologians that could never catch up to his lies and his tricks, because a man who will never treat you right will never teach you right!

How long have we been in America? Four hundred and fifty-six (456) years! Tell me: Have any one of these years been good years for you? Have you been afflicted in this land, which was a strangeland? Your fathers, your ancestors: When they came, they wanted that ship Jesus to take them back home to their people.

Now look, if you’ve been here 400 years, and if your leaders are trying to integrate you into America, you know that’s not Moses! If your leaders are trying to help you to become “Americanized,” this has nothing to do with Moses, or Jesus! If your leaders are promising you that this is “the Paradise” for you, because you have 500-or-so mayors; a few governors, and even a Black president, see, all of this is made to sell you away from your Destiny.


God promised The Children of Israel a land of their own. Now, since the Earth is The Lord’s, well, He can give some of it to you if that is what He desires.

Do you think you can build an economic future without land? At the turn of the century, our ancestors had millions of acres of land in the South! Today we hardly have anything left because through schemes, tax schemes, legal maneuvers—and our hatred for being sharecroppers, and getting out of the South to want nothing to do with “farming” ever again—we let the land go. So they got it now, and here we are, learning how to eat better food, but with no land of our own to produce it. Learning about economic development, but not having land as the basis of all economic development!

Pharaoh was rich; and the Children of Israel were enamored by the wealth of Pharaoh, so Moses prayed that God would destroy the wealth of Pharaoh so that his people wouldn’t look to Pharaoh, but look to God, Moses, Aaron and themselves. Now America is broke, and revolution is inside the house! You will not have a job; the latest unemployment figures for Blacks are 15.5 percent, and yours is not going down. It’s going up. So when you come out of college, if you think that your study of Psychology will get you a job, they’re even laying off Engineers and Architects.

But you have to be Engineers, Architects, Scientists, because you are being called upon to Build with Christ a New World! You are the Stone that the builders have rejected; that God is now calling you to become the Headstone of The Corner! And the scripture says, “It is The Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our sight.”

     America is not winning any war in Libya! She’s not winning another war, and she hasn’t won one! She’s getting out of Iraq, she’s losing there! She’s going to get out of Afghanistan, she’s losing there! She will be driven out of the Middle East … Oh! You’re going to see all of these things, because Pharaoh’s Time is up! A New World is coming in, and God wants you to help Him, through His Christ, build a Brand New World!

That’s what you pray for: “Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done”—where? On Earth! So, “Hereafter” means: Here, on the Earth, after this world’s power, and Satan’s power, has been broken! Here, in your mind, after The Truth has come and freed your mind, and made you into a new creature! Here, on Earth, we will build a Brand New World for our children and our children’s children! And White folk: If you want to live in it, you’re gonna have to change. You’re going to have to accept that Son, or you will perish with the world of yours that’s going down.

God gives the Black man and woman a chance to build something that will know no end. The Offer of God is to make you The Rulers of that which He is making New. Dear brothers and sisters: Find the path of brotherly love and unity, and spread this gospel to all Black students!     We’ve got a world to build! Let’s get busy and do it!

Howard University: You are the natural leader of all Black colleges and universities! Take your role! Take your position!