Minister Louis Farrakhan brings Day of Atonement message to Tampa

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People of many races were in attendance.



There was an ever-present show of security.

[image-4] Fruit of Islam, or FOI, is the paramilitary all-male uniformed security force for the Nation of Islam.

[image-5] The FOI wear uniforms with the Flag of Islam on the epaulet, and the Sisters in the Nation of Islam wear white robes and hijabs.

[image-6] The Flag of The Nation of Islam is worn on the shoulders of the security force, The Fruit of Islam.

[image-7] Followers listen to the words of NOI Spiritual Leader Louis Farrakhan.

[image-8] Followers filled the arena at the Tampa Convention Center.

Minister Louis Farrakhan, spiritual leader of the Nation of Islam, brought his message of renewal,  personal responsibility, and the steps of atonement to an enthusiastic crowd on Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center.  The speech was a call to action and a recognition of the 15th anniversary of the Million Man March on Washington of Oct. 16, 1995. Farrakhan's spiritual message urged all African-American men recognize wrongs, confess, repent and forgive.  It was Farrakhan's first visit to the Tampa Bay area.

His message was well-received by the crowd that filled the Tampa Convention Center.

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