By Jesse Muhammad
On Friday, March 25, 2011, Minister Farrakhan was in Jackson, Mississippi to speak at the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference on the campus of Jackson State University. A few hours before his keynote address, I was invited to Minister Farrakhan’s hotel suite to sit in on a meeting with a medical examiner who was connected to a hanging death cases that I was covering at that time for The Final Call newspaper. This was my second time ever being a guest in his hotel suite.
After a brief dialogue, Minister Farrakhan thanked the doctor as he was escorted from the room, but to my surprise and nervousness, he requested that I stay back. He and I discussed the doctor’s words, and the cases; and he asked me about how the conference was going thus far at Jackson State. Then, the conversation shifted to The Nation of Islam’s online presence.
Minister Farrakhan expressed to me how much he enjoys hearing feedback. Although he said, “The internet really isn’t my thing,” he asked me to share some of the things I had been reading online regarding his latest messages. As I spoke, his face lit up with that amazing smile. The only two brothers on security in the room bore witness to some of the things I was sharing in regards to his impact on the social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Then Minister Farrakhan asked:
“So, we have a great online presence for The Nation (of Islam) and The Final Call?”
I replied, “Yes sir! The only things we’re missing is an official Twitter account for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.”
And he said,
“Well, set it up brother.”
Although I heard him clearly, I said, “Sir?” and he said again:
“Set it up brother. And if anyone asks you ‘Who gave you authorization?’ you tell them I did.”