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Farrakhan, Louis - Timeline Biography

Time Period

05-11-1933

Description

Born Louis Eugene Walcott (b. May 11, 1933), Farrakhan was originally a professional musician, but was introduced to the Black Muslim movement in 1953 and subsequently became a member of the Nation of Islam (NOI) in 1955. After his conversion, he left his musician career and slowly climbed the leadership ranks of the NOI in the 1960s.

After his mentor, Elijah Muhammad, died in 1975, NOI leadership was passed to his son, Warith Deen Muhammad, who decided to integrate the former NOI (i.e., American Muslim Mission) into more mainstream Islam. Upset by these changes, Farrakhan left the organization in 1978 and revitalized Elijah Muhammad’s distinct practices through his own rebranded Nation of Islam.

Since then, Farrakhan has reopened 130 NOI mosques around the world and led the famous Million Man March in 1995. Though a powerful leader, he has received criticism for making anti-Semitic remarks and promoting an anti-white theology.

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Million Man March

Movements

Black Muslim Movement

Related Dictionary Terms

Black Muslims, Black Theology, Million Man March, Nation of Islam

Photographs

Louis Farrakhan portrait- Flickr- Jim Wallace (Smithsonian Institution) (CC BY 2.0)
Louis Farrakhan portrait- Flickr- Jim Wallace (Smithsonian Institution) (CC BY 2.0)

Louis Farrakhan portrait- Wikimedia Commons
Louis Farrakhan portrait- Wikimedia Commons

Book/Journal Source(s)

Murphy, Larry, J. Gordon Melton, and Gary Ward, 1993. Encyclopedia of African American Religions New York: Garland.

Web Page Contributor

Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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