Unformatted text preview: The spiritual leader of the Nation of Islam (the Black Muslims), the "Messenger of Allah" was born Elijah Poole in Georgia in 1897. From the beginning, he was a sensitive child, one who seemed to love learning. In 1931, he met Master W. D. Fard, founder of the Nation of Islam, in Detroit. Elijah Poole became a ministerial student of Fard and, before long, took the name Elijah Karriem. When Master Fard disappeared in 1934, Karriem was renamed Elijah Muhammad and became Fard's successor as leader of the Nation of Islam. Because of the jealousy of other ministers, he was forced to flee from city to city, and in 1942, he was imprisoned for draft evasion. Upon his release in 1946, he became undisputed head of the Nation of Islam. The characterization of Elijah Muhammad in the book falls into two distinct parts. In passages written before Malcolm's split with the Nation of Islam, he is depicted as a dedicated, selfless servant of his...
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- Fall '09