Time correspondent Sylvester Monroe talked with Farrakhan for 2 1/2 hours last week at his mansion in Chicago. Excerpts:
Q. TIME: What is the message that the Nation of Islam is imparting to African Americans?
A. Farrakhan: That God is interested in us, that God has heard our moaning and our groaning under the whip and the lash of our oppressors and has now come to see about us. That's the appeal.
Q. TIME: How does the Nation of Islam take a person who has hit bottom with drugs or alcohol or crime and remake that person?
A. Farrakhan: Well, we...