Elijah Muhammad

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Birthday
7, 1897
Birthplace
Sandersville, GA
Death Date
Feb 25, 1975 (77)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
7, 1897
Birthplace
Sandersville, GA
Death Date
Feb 25, 1975 (77)

About

Muslim leader who believed in black nationalism for African Americans. He led the Nation of Islam from 1934 until his death in 1975 and Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan were students of his.

Before Fame

He ended his education in fourth grade to support his family by working in local factories and businesses.

Trivia

In 1934, he helped found the Muhammad University of Islam and he was later jailed for it based on challenges by boards of education in Detroit and Chicago.

Family Life

He married Clara Evans in March 1917, and the couple had eight children together.

Associated With

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was another figure who was greatly influenced by Elijah Muhammad.