- Date/time: February 23rd, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Venue: Joe Louis Arena
- Address: 19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit, MI
NATION OF ISLAM CONVENTION TO PUMP MILLIONS INTO DETROIT ECONOMY
CHICAGO – Thousands of members of the Nation of Islam under the leadership of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will pour millions of dollars into Detroit’s economy in celebration of their 84th Annual Saviours’ Day Convention Celebration February 21-24, 2014, marking the birth of Nation of Islam founder Master Fard Muhammad (February 26, 1877). Guests and Nation of Islam members are expected to travel from Belize, Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica, Ghana, England, Mexico, France, the United States, and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Black History Month Crowning Event keynote address by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan titled, “How Strong Is The Foundation: Can We Survive?” on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at the Joe Louis Arena, 19 Steve Yzerman Street. Doors open at 12 noon and the program begins at 2 p.m. EST.
The Nation of Islam’s four-day convention will engage, empower and influence conventioneers with stimulating workshops, spiritually uplifting lectures, children’s educational and musical performances, adult entertainment, righteous comedy, competitive drill exhibitions, and much more.
The Nation of Islam conventioneers will not only bring the spirit of enlightenment, enjoyment and participation to the 84th Saviours’ Day celebration, however they are expected to boost Detroit’s economic base by stimulating millions of dollars in airport expenses, air and ground transportation, parking, salaries/wages, operating supplies, hotel accommodations, and restaurants. Approximately 1,700 rooms are expected to be sold on Saturday night and from Monday to the following Tuesday over 6,000 room nights will provide a steady cash flow into Detroit’s economy, according to a knowledgeable Saviours’ Day source and meeting planner.
Several four-five star hotels were completely sold out, including the Marriott-Detroit at the Renaissance Center, Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Downtown, Crowne Plaza Pontchartrain, Doubletree Suites by Hilton, and Robert Riverwalk Hotel.
In hotel sales alone, the Nation of Islam contributed over $825,000, however when adding food, the labor union at the Joe Louis and Cobo Center, gasoline, advertising, ticket fees, rentals, and tips, the projected direct and indirect generating revenue of goods and services stimulated by the presence of the Nation of Islam could easily generate over 5 million dollars. This staggering figure does not include the circulatory cash flow process where a single dollar is usually multiplied 2-5 times, therefore, resulting in the Nation of Islam possibly pumping an astounding ten million dollars into Detroit’s economy. The City of Detroit recognizes the large economic impact of Saviours’ Day and Detroit’s Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) is actively pursuing the return of the Nation of Islam to Detroit in 2015, the source added.
“Saviours’ Day is one of the most important calendar days during the year,” said Student Minister Abdul Khadir Muhammad, Mid-Atlantic and Eastern Regions. “It is the time during which all Muslim followers of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and The Honorable Minister Farrakhan spend an entire year planning to receive spiritual guidance from The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. And, we are truly honored to return to Detroit, our birthplace and convene at the historic Joe Louis Arena,” he added.
Joe Louis (Barrow), former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion aka The Brown Bomber and great-grandson of Anthony Barrow, a slave, would later become one of the greatest fighters in boxing history. Joe Louis’ parents, Munn and Lilly Barrow left the racist and Jim Crow south in 1924 and headed north to Black Bottom Detroit, where Louis was raised. According to published reports, Joe Louis’ mother encouraged him to play the violin, but he chose cabinet-making.
By 1932, Louis joined the fight game where he quickly earned a reputation as a natural born boxer and at 17, he was crowned the Golden Gloves champion in the Detroit Novice Division. Today, Joe Louis is still known worldwide as the longest uninterrupted and undefeated title holder of boxing championships than any other boxing great from 1937-1949. Joe Louis reigned with 72 professional fights and only three losses.