NYC honors Nelson Mandela, ponders next steps

Nayaba Arinde | 12/19/2013, 10:50 a.m.

Muhammad implored the community—local, national and international—to remember, “Winnie was the face of Nelson Mandela. She was his spirit. She was his representation, and she was his wife at that time. But many have put her to the side. I don’t even know if she spoke on the stage [at the inauguration], just a glimpse of her. But we embraced her at Mosque No. 7 under Minister Louis Farrakhan’s leadership, and his wife, Khadijah Farrakhan, and the women of the Nation of Islam received her.”

Still inspired to inspire, Muhammad spoke on Mandela’s choice to seek reconciliation as opposed to retribution, saying it “was a strategic move because it would have destroyed our people. But we can now not continue to make our enemies comfortable. We must make them uncomfortable, and the way to do that is to unite the South Africans under one banner of unity, where the leaders represent the people, not money in their pocket. You represent the aspirations of the people in land acquisition and getting back that wealth. The diamond industry must now be controlled by Black South Africans and, relating to their Black brothers here in America, put together international trade and commerce.”

The steadily falling snow did not stop the motorcade that traced Madiba’s 1990 drive through Brooklyn in 1990.