Nation of Islam Founded

Founder
W.D. Fard
Time Period
7/4/1930
Description
On July 4, 1930, W.D. Fard founded the Nation of Islam (NOI) in Detroit. He argued that whites had stripped blacks from their original religion of Islam and replaced it with the white religion of Christianity. Although white domination characterized the black experience in America, Fard believed that these "white devils" were inherently inferior to blacks. This belief became popular among poor southern blacks who had migrated to the North. Eventually, the NOI would develop a strict admission policy and a hierarchy of command within the organization.
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Photographs

Nation of Islam, Savior's Day Message gathering- National Archives and Records Administration.gif

Wallace D Fard- Federal Bureau of Investigation

Elijah Muhammad speaking- Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-116389

The Final Call newspaper, from an FBI monograph- Federal Bureau of Investigation.png
Source(s)
Queen, Edward and Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Research Associate, The Association of Religion Data Archives

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