Today in History: Elijah Muhammad Called for Creation of a Black State in America

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Elijah Muhammad

On this day in 1960, Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, called for creation of a Black state in America, at a New York meeting.

Elijah Muhammad, born Elijah Robert Poole, 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.

Elijah 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.

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