Thousands of Nation of Islam followers have gathered to hear a speech by Minister Louis Farrakhan near downtown Chicago.
The 79-year-old will deliver a keynote address Sunday for the movement's annual Saviours' Day convention. Farrakhan is expected to talk about the economy and politics.
A top aide says Farrakhan is likely to talk about President Barack Obama's re-election and Chicago's violence. Nation of Islam members marched city streets last summer in attempt to draw attention to the problem and reach out to residents, an effort the Chicago-based movement has since done in other cities.
The address caps off three days of events that draw followers worldwide. Farrakhan recently toured Caribbean islands.
Saviours' Day commemorates the movement's founder. Since the 1930s the group's beliefs have included black nationalism and self-reliance.