Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam
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Born Louis Eugene Wolcott, on May 11, 1933 in the Bronx, New York, Louis Farrakhan grew up near Boston. He was raised by his mother, who immigrated to the United States from the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. Farrakhan studies to become an educator, winning a scholarship to Winston-Salem Teachers College. He left after two years to pursue his passion for music. Farrakhan was a talented musician; he is a skilled classical violinist and singer. He joined the Nation of Islam in 1955, in 1978 reconstituted the Nation of Islam, and preserved the original teachings of Elijah Muhammad.
Farrakhan enjoyed modest success in his career as a musician. He had a hit with the song “”Jumbie Jamboree.” Farrakhan had a spiritual epiphany after attending a Nation of Islam event while performing in Chicago. The Nation of Islam is a syncretic new religious movement founded in Detroit, Michigan by Wallace D. Fard Muhammad in July 1930. After Fard’s mysterious disappearance in June 1934, Elijah Muhammad led the Nation of Islam, establishing mosques, a school named Muhammad University of Islam, businesses, farms and real estate holdings in the United States and abroad. In his teachings, Muhammad called for the establishment of a separate nation for African Americans, and decried centuries of oppression under White Anglo-Saxon Protestants. Farrakhan joined the Nation of Islam in 1955, taking the name Louis X.
Farrakhan swiftly advanced in Nation of Islam’s hierarchy, studying the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, and Islam. He worked as assistant minister to Malcolm X at a Boston mosque and then took over Malcolm X’s place when he went to preach at the Nation of Islam mosque in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Minister Elijah Muhammad later bestowed a holy name upon Louis X, calling him “Farrakhan”. When Malcolm X embraced traditional Sunni Islam and split from Elijah Muhammad’s group in 1964, Farrakhan assumed Malcolm X’s ministerial duties, growing closer to Elijah Muhammad. Farrakhan’s relationship with Malcolm X turned antagonistic as Malcolm X started to speak about the group’s racial ideology.
When Elijah Muhammad died in 1975, the Nation of Islam eventually fragmented. Muhammad had appointed as his successor his son, Warith Deen Mohammad who sought direct the Nation of Islam towards more traditional Sunni Islam. Farrakhan reconstituted the Nation of Islam, attracting more members, expanding the organization’s real estate, and spiritual teachings by founding the NOI’s newspaper, The Final Call, to help communicate the progressive views of the NOI to young and older generations in need of spiritual reform.
Farrakhan’s inspirational personality and passionate delivery of his speeches draws tens of thousands to his active online social media and his many appearances, including the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviour’s Day symposium. Much is made of Farrakhan’s capacity to strike fear into the hearts of white liberals and conservatives, but at the same time his intelligence and disposition for spiritual messages laced with social justice inspire young American Muslims of all ethnic backgrounds. Praise should be due to Farrakhan’s conservative themes of self-reliance, discipline, clean living – no alcohol or no drugs, including his success in reforming alcoholics, drug addicts, and hardened criminals.
The National African American Leadership Summit, a leading group of civil rights activists and the Nation of Islam working in conjunction with scores of civil rights and community organizations including local chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People organized the Million Man March in 1995. Farrakhan called for the gathering that occurred on Washington’s National Mall, presenting programs of social and civil rights engagement, education reform, voter registration, self-empowerment, and religious awakening. Few exclusive religious societies like Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam have ever come close to the calls for social justice and spiritual awakening.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan presents a three-part lecture in The Time And What Must Be Done Series with “The Shadow Government: Guidance to President Obama and the Nation.” The three-part presentation dissects the social, political, and religious ramifications of international banking cartels and the cabal of global statesmen and benefactors to American and Zionist imperial collusion.
Honorable Minister Farrakhan delivers a four-hour speech on the 2011 Annual Saviour’s Day symposium discussing a wide range of subjects including Christian theology, financial and economic disparity in America, degree secrets of Freemasonry, the Illuminati cabals, Islamic mysticism, African-American history and much more!
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is the keynote speaker at the 2012 African Black Coalition (ABC) conference at University of California, Berkeley on March 11, 2012.