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Farrakhan to Speak at Legislature on May 22

May 16, 2008 — Louis Farrakhan will be one of the speakers at an African Heritage Week celebration to be held on St. Thomas at the Earle B.Ottley Legislative Hall at 9:30 a.m. May 22.
The Source originally reported, due to a misunderstanding, that Farrakhan would be speaking at the May 25 African Liberation Day celebration on the Legislature grounds.
The 75-year-old Nation of Islam leader, who was the driving force behind the 1995 Million Man March, will be joined by two Virgin Islanders: Gerard Emanuel and Kuumba Leba Ola-Niyi.
Emanuel will represent the Student Coalition for Better Government, a group he formed to support the social, economic and political interests of young professional Virgin Islanders. Ola-Niyi, a teacher, was one of the prime movers in establishing the annual celebration.
Along with his political and religious pursuits, Farrakhan is a accomplished concert violinist.
African Liberation Day (ALD), has been celebrated in the Virgin Islands annually for the last 30 years.
ALD was an outgrowth of the 1958 Conference of Independent African States held in Accra, Ghana. Some years later the V.I. Legislature passed a law authorizing the V.I. governor to declare May 25 African Liberation Day in the Virgin Islands.
Senate President Usie Richards, in announcing the celebrations, and in particular Farrakhan's participation, said, "This is only fitting, because during this week of celebration we will be afforded the opportunity to listen and to share our experiences as Africans in the diaspora."
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