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The Nation of Islam ~ organizes The Million Man March on Washington (Category : Organizations)
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The Nation of Islam
The Nation of Islam is a political and religious organization inspired by W. D. Fard and founded by Elijah Muhammad. Politically and philosophically, it owes a debt to Marcus Garvey as well as many other Black nationalists. Although the NOI (or the Nation, as it is often called) has been with us since the Depression, it did not garner much mainstream attention until the early sixties when it was featured in the Mike Wallace documentary The Hate That Hate Produced. Like that early media exposure, the NOI's interaction with the rest of America has been controversial at best. In particular, America has had a stormy relationship with its charismatic and rather outspoken leaders, including The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X and Minister Louis Farrakhan. Recently, as this article is written, the stormy nature of this relationship has been renewed with the political fallout of the Nation's recent Million Man March on Washington.

Like all Black nationalist organizations, The Nation's relationship with Black Americans has also been complicated. Still, one can find them in most urban centers, with historically successful detox and prison programs, selling bean pies and The Final Call.


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