Lift the Unjust Ban
THE HONOURABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN, National Representative of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and The Nation of Islam
On 16 January 1986, the then Home Secretary, Mr Douglas Hurd, gave his personal direction that Mr Farrakhan should be excluded from the United Kingdom on the ground that his presence would not be conducive to the public good. He expressed the belief that Mr Farrakhan’s public statements in the United States gave reasonable cause to believe that, if he came to the United Kingdom, he would be likely to cause racial disharmony and possibly commit the offence of inciting racial hatred.
In September 1997 the late Mr Bernie Grant MP invited Mr Jack Straw, who was then Home Secretary, to reconsider Mr Farrakhan’s continued exclusion. Mr Straw replied on the 30 October 1997 and stated In the light of your letter I have decided personally to conduct a full review of the decision. The exclusion will stand until I have reached a final conclusion.
Mr Farrakhan, through his UK Representative applied to Justice Turner for an order quashing the decision of the Secretary of State. His application succeeded. In a judgment dated 1 October 2001 Turner J. held that the Secretary of State was required to demonstrate objective justification for excluding Mr Farrakhan from this country and that this he had failed to do.
On the 30th April 2002 this decision was challenged by the UK Government and successfully overturned on appeal by then Home Office Minister David Blunkett.
The Home Office Minister cited the reason for the ban is that, “his (Minister Louis Farrakhan) presence would not be conducive to the public good”.
At 82 years of age, Minister Farrakhan still maintains a grueling work schedule. He has been welcomed in a countless number of churches, sharing pulpits with Christian ministers from a variety of denominations, which has demonstrated the power of the unity of those who believe in the One God. He has addressed diverse organisations, been received in many Muslim countries as a leading Muslim thinker and teacher, and been welcomed throughout Africa, the Caribbean and Asia as a champion in the struggle for freedom, justice and equality.
On October 16th 1995 Minister Farrakhan successfully convened the Million Man March on the Mall in Washington, D.C., which drew nearly two million men. Minister Farrakhan was inspired to call the March out of his concern over the negative image of Black men perpetuated by the media and movie industries, which focused on drugs and gang violence. The Million Man March established October 16 as a Holy Day of Atonement, Reconciliation and Responsibility. Minister Farrakhan took this healing message of atonement throughout the world during three World Friendship Tours over the next three years. His desire was to bring solutions to such problems as war, poverty, discrimination and the right to education. Minister Farrakhan would return to the Mall on Washington, D.C. in 2000 convening the Million Family March, where he called the full spectrum of members of the human family to unite according to the principle of atonement.
Join us as we “Take a Stand” to challenge the UK Government again to lift the “UNJUST BAN” and bring this courageous and dynamic man to the UK to both promote the collective good of all and inspire and transform lives.