*In the infinite realm of organized religion, there are sheep, and there are shepherds. Those who are called to govern flock have been given the power of influence and divine enlightenment by whatever God they serve.
But every now and then, someone comes along with the power to affect entire nations. Minister Louis Farrakhan is among the world’s most respected and venerated spiritual leaders.
The great minister, 80, is a renowned orator, activist, teacher, motivator, visionary, and purveyor of Islamic principles.
In short, he is to Islam what the pope is to the Roman Catholic Church (almost).
That doesn’t mean Min. Farrakhan and Islam are free of enemies.
At the genesis of his religious journey, Min. Farrakhan possessed an unquenchable thirst for retribution against the “so-called” white devil. Much like his controversial predecessors, Farrakhan disseminated among his people the same disdainful message of white contempt, not hatred, which has earned him a place in American infamy.
Coincidentally, the minister’s birth exemplifies controversy also. During an interview on the Rock Newman Show, Min. Farrakhan revealed that his birth father’s (Percival Clark) philandering caused his mother (Sarah Mae Manning) to want out of their marriage. Thereafter she converted to Islam and began seeing another man (Louis Wolcott), who became the father of her first baby boy.
Eventually, however, Min. Farrakhan’s father “slipped back into the picture,” he admitted to Newman. The affair resulted in the conception of another (illegitimate) child.
“All of us have stories that we can tell on things that surrounded our coming to life in this world,” Min Farrakhan expressed in his opening statement about the matter. “My mother very frightened and excited because her pregnancy could ruin the relationship with Mr. Wolcott. So she had hoped, well first she decided, that ‘I’ve got to get rid of this.’
He continued, “Today [there are] abortion clinics. In those days they had wire hangers that they used. She used a hanger and tried once to abort my life, tried twice to abort my life, tried three times to abort my life, and it failed. After the third time of the failure of aborting my life, she settled down to accept the fact that she was pregnant. The next thing was to hope that my father who was very light skinned with curly hair—that the child would not look like the father but would look like my brother’s father who had a dark complexion. When I came into the world, light skinned with hair that was curly and auburn brown, Mr. Wolcott knew that I wasn’t his. And so to honor him, she named me after him, Louis Wolcott, but he was no longer around.”
Although his life was put in jeopardy by multiple failed abortion attempts, young Louis had a divine purpose. But leading a people isn’t normally asked of a toddler. So instead, Min. Farrakhan started with the violin.
“At five years old, my mother put a violin in my hand,” he said nostalgically. “I didn’t want to play no violin. [But] I began to play and I did so well. She would put a clock on the table and set it for fifteen minutes and she would go and do her chores, but she was listening all the time. I hated that clock.”
Min Farrakhan added, “I [eventually] fell in love with the instrument and I was driving her crazy because now I would go in the bathroom to practice because it had a sound like you’re in a studio and so people couldn’t get in the bathroom because Louis was in the bathroom practicing.”
As he grew older, Min. Farrakhan’s skill with the violin improved immensely.
“I got scholarships to study the violin and after a while I became so good at it that at 12, I was part of the civic symphony of Boston,” he said proudly. “When Boston College was all male I was 13 years of age, and I went to Boston College and I played with the Boston College orchestra and toured with the Boston College glee club.”
It appears that Min. Farrakhan was en route to a promising career in music years ago. However, the history books will tell a much different story, one of menacing, ferocious horns and drums, not the delicate sound of the violin. Now in his twilight, Farrakhan says that he’s ready to make music once again. He recently finished an album that’s slated to be released this year.
“This album is absolutely star studded,’ he declared gleefully. “Some of the finest musicians in the world are on that album. And I have two magnificent Jewish musicians playing me.”
Yup, he said Jewish. Drink it in.
Watch the interview below and Minister Farrakhan playing the violin below that: