Elijah Muhammad

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Elijah Muhammad
Elijah Muhammad speaking in 1964.
Leader of the Nation of Islam
In office
1934–1974
Preceded by Wallace Fard Muhammad
Succeeded by Warith Deen Mohammed
Personal details
Born Elijah Robert Poole
October 7, 1897(1897-10-07)
Sandersville, Georgia, United States
Died February 25, 1975(1975-02-25) (aged 77)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Spouse(s) Clara Muhammad
Occupation Leader of the Nation of Islam
Religion Nation of Islam

Elijah Muhammad (born Elijah Robert Poole; October 7, 1897 – February 25, 1975) was an African-American religious leader, who led the Nation of Islam from 1934 until his death in 1975. He was a mentor to Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Muhammad Ali; and his son Warith Deen Mohammed.

Muhammad was born on October 7, 1897 in Sandersville, Georgia. Poole married Clara Evans (1899–1972) on March 7, 1917. They had eight children. Muhammad died from congestive heart failure at the age of 77 on February 25, 1975, the day before Saviours' Day, at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.[1]

Al Freeman, Jr. played him in the 1992 movie Malcolm X.

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Elijah Muhammad Dead". New York Times. February 26, 1975. http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/1007.html?scp=1&sq=%22elijah%20muhammad%22%20obituary&st=cse. Retrieved 2011-11-15. "Elijah Muhammad, spiritual leader of the nation's Black Muslims, died here today of congestive heart failure."

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