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The Economic Program Of The Hon. Elijah Muhammad Stands the Test Of Time As The Best Solution To Get Blacks Out of Their Terrible Condition

Friday, August 16, 2013Brother Mustafaa

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"Remember, in Part 30 we referred to what the Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote in 1965 of “A Sound Economic Plan I” that appears on pages 195-196 of Message To The Blackman.  We mentioned what would happen if we “raised the economic bar” by contributing that same “nickel a day,” but we do it 7 days a week with the working force of 16 million (“5 cents a day x 7 days = 35 cents a week,” “35 cents a week x 52 weeks a year = $18.20 per year” and “$18.20 a year” x “16 million” = “$291.2 million”).  Everybody can give “35 cent a week” as an investment in their future!  Look at what these “pennies, nickels and dimes” can do: 

There is a cattle ranch in Texas with more than 70,000 acres, and they’re asking $34 million for it.  With the pooling of our resources, we could buy it after only 7 weeks—with almost $7 million left to work with!

There is a 4,000-acre cotton farm available in Mississippi for $24 million.  We could have it inless than 5 weeks if we put those nickels, dimes and dollars together!  Then we could grow our own cotton and make our own clothing, making jobs for ourselves!

Within 30 days:  We would have enough to buy 135 of the finest farm tractors on the market!  You could buy them from leading agricultural equipment companies such as Case International Harvesters and John Deere

None of these people are going to turn you down!  If you go with that kind of money, you’ll see them come to the door (with huge smiles on their faces), saying to you:  “Yes Sir, Mr. Muhammad!  Praise The Lord…  How many tractors did you say you want?”  You can stop the disrespect of yourself!  We can go to Ford right now, and tell them we want 10,000 cars—don’t you think that man will “bow down,” and take your money, and give you those cars?

In less than 2 days:  We would have enough to buy a shoe factory available in The Caribbean for only $1 million.  And if we get that cattle company, we’ll have the leather to supply the shoe industry!

Brothers and sisters, we have 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that are just “scraping by.”  With that “$291 million” in the first year, we could match the endowment figures for 37 of those institutions, making these institutions free to determine 1) the direction, 2) curricula, and 3) staffs to provide our children with an “education” which will surpass any on our planet! 

In order to produce capital from the land, we need developed human capital; and that is whyproper education is “the key” to developing a sound economic base!  The HBCUs must become a part of a system, where they are functioning for a bigger purpose than just to “confer degrees.” We want our HBCUs to be “ours”—and they can never be that unless they are financially independent!

Do you know our schools [and the curricula] are controlled?  The Enemy does not want you to learn what will make you free from dependency on others!  But with money in our pocket, we tellthem, “No!  This is the curriculum that has to be in here:  The Curriculum that will make students that will build not only a “nation,” but a world!”

(The above excerpt is from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day keynote address he delivered at the U.I.C. Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, February 24, 2013 titled “Muhammad’s Economic Blueprint: Ending Poverty & Want.”  This portion of the message serves as Part 31 of his 52-week Lecture Series on “The Time and What Must Be Done,” which aired on Saturday, August 10, 2013. For more info Http://noi.org/thetime)

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