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Black Muslims

Black Muslims are members of an American religious movement called the Nation of Islam. From 1930 until 1975, the Nation of Islam accepted only Blacks as members. They also considered Whites as “devils” and supported the separation of Black and White races. The Nation was a “proto-Islamic” movement, using some of the trappings of Islam mixed with an ideology of Black nationalism. Although the name “Black Muslims,” coined by C. Eric Lincoln, is often used for members of this movement, the members themselves reject this name.

The Nation of Islam was founded in Paradise Valley, Detroit, on July 4, 1930, by Master Wallace D. Fard (or Wali Farad), a mysterious peddler of silks from the East, who taught his followers about their “true religion,” not ...

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