Louis Farrakhan Speaks From Steps of the Capitol, Supports Section 5


By Ashley Thompson

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan traveled across the state today in a caravan to bring awareness to section five of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits states from changing voting procedures without first getting approval from the Justice System.

Joining Farrakhan were state leaders and senators, but protestors wanted their voices heard too.

Farrahkan arrived in Montgomery surrounded by his own protective guards, to speak about section five of the Voting Rights Act and the state of the black community.

"We must fight for the section five in the voting rights legislation because they don't have the will to allow you to continue to vote uncontested," he says.

Farrakhan was invited by state Senator Hank Sanders and Mayor of Tuskegee Johnny Ford, who both say Farrakhan was instrumental in bringing awareness to the Voting Rights Act.

"The issue of the Voting Rights Act has brought us all together and we're going to stay together," says Ford. "Civil Rights leaders, Farrakhan, we are together as one united voice."

"This is an effort to cut across lines of differences, lines of racial differences, lines of religious differences," says Senator Sanders.

But some religious protestors were offended that Farrakhan was invited to head the caravan.

"He's a man that talks about the jews and I just feel like they should not be doing that," says protestor Chris Foster. "They should not be backing him or having him here and he should not have been invited by these folks."

Farrakhan took some time at the podium to address his critics.

"Some of my detractors feel that I'm a hater and an anti-semitic and homophobic...that I have no right to be with you," Farrakhan says. "Look how arrogant that sounds from somebody that lives in Alabama."

And others say the controversy surrounding the leader of Nation of Islam is without merit.

"See, when we do something to uplift ourselves, it's always looked upon as hate and it's not," says another supporter.  


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