Farrakhan strikes some moderate notes in farewell speech

May be Nation of Islam leader's last major address
Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, used what was billed as possibly his last major address to urge followers to unite and cooperate with other faiths. But he also used it to reshape the organization’s theology.

“My time is up,” Farrakhan told tens of thousands of people February 25 at Ford Field in Detroit, where the Nation of Islam was holding its annual Saviours’ Day convention. Farrakhan, who turns 74 on May 11, checked out of a Washington, D.C., hospital January 28 after recovering from complications following prostate surgery.

Farrakhan told the crowd that he had been at “death’s door” but had been saved by God and the prayers of people of all faiths, striking an inclusive tone that he maintained throughout his two-hour speech. Still, black pride and unity were a main focus of his message.


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