Malcom X and The Nation of Islam

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Malcom X and The Nation of Islam
Malcolm X, who was born Malcolm Little, is known as one of the greatest and most influential African
Americans in history. He was an African American Muslim minister and human rights activist. He fought
for black Americans against the white Americans. Some people accused him of preaching racism, black
supremacy, anti-Semitism, and violence. Malcolm X's father died when he was young, and at close
family members, like his uncle, were lynched. When he was thirteen, his mother was placed in a mental
hospital, leading to him moving into several foster homes. In 1946, at age 20, he went to prison for
breaking and entering. Malcolm's life wasn't easy and in prison, Malcolm X became a member of the
Nation of Islam.
The Nation of Islam is a mainly African-American religious movement founded in Detroit, Michigan by
Wallace D. Fard Muhammad in July 1930 to improve the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of
African-Americans in the United States of America. The movement teaches the main principles of Islam as
well as black pride. They teach that their founder, Wallace Fard Muhammad, was the reincarnation of God
(Allah). The Nation Of Islam teaches that black people make up a nation and that because of the Atlantic
slave trade they were denied knowledge of their past history, language, culture, and religion and basically
had no control whatsoever of their own lives. The Nation of Islam theology states that black people's
experience of slavery was the fulfillment of Bible prophecy and therefore, black people are the seed of
Abraham referred to in the Bible, in Genesis 15:13­14: "And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy
seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four
hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out
with great substance."
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