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There are so many “leads” available when studying history. Here is another man I learned about who documented his story of bondage. At least bookmark it.
There are so many “leads” available when studying history. Here is another man I learned about who documented his story of bondage. At least bookmark it.
MESSENGER ELIJAH MUHAMMAD MEETS THE PRESS
Reprinted from the February 4, 1972 edition of Muhammad Speaks Newspaper
Chicago, Illinois – (This is Part Two of “Muhammad Speaks'” exclusive presentation of Messenger Muhammad’s (Peace Be Upon Him) January 14, 1972, Press Conference)
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QUESTION: Mr. Muhammad, is it true that you are planning to build a new home for your family. I think right adjacent to your present home?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: It is true those houses are my homes.
QUESTION: The press has evaluated the new homes at a half a million dollars.
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: I wish I had gotten off with that cheap price, but it is twice that much that these buildings are costing. All four of the homes cost a million dollars a little over a million dollars; about $2,230,000.
QUESTION: I was referring to a new home for yourself and your wife. Mr. Muhammad, that home, sometimes referred to as a mansion, the cost has been estimated to cost one half million dollars.
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: I think they are costing a little more for the house here on the corner.
QUESTION: There are reports that you are in the process of purchasing a large tract of land to build low income houses.
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: We have some information from the authorities that they could supply us with an area now for about a hundred thousand, I do not know exactly. I have not gone into any serious questioning about it.
QUESTION: Federal government or local government?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: Local government, the city.
QUESTION: How soon do you expect those to be built?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: I do not know. I have not went into seriously, these offers, but I hope to do so soon because we need them. My greatest desire on the South side is to build homes for the Black Man on the South side in Chicago. Again, my greatest desire is to put him up a hospital, which he sorely needs; he really needs a hospital. Again, the third, I would say, it is an educational center to teach him the knowledge of self. The city has not approached me yet to sell me and my followers these houses. But, they have indirectly indicated this would be easy to do, if I wanted to get them for such purposes.
QUESTION: Do you have a date in mind when you would like to begin construction of these one hundred single family homes?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: We would like to go into that as soon as possible with the proper authorities.
QUESTION: Will you also try similar enterprises in other cities?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: Yes, everywhere we are. This group in Baton Rouge, claiming to be Muslims, is there a known leader?
QUESTION: Do you know how many Muslims have been killed in the last few years, either by police or internal strife? Do you keep such a record?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: We try, but I am not saying how many we have on record, today.
QUESTION: You spoke earlier about police brutality. Were you suggesting that this was some kind of police plot? Or are you sure it was a splinter group?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: Yes, we have been attacked and still are being attacked by the police department and there are some few of my followers who have been killed by the police department.
QUESTION: Do you feel that the police might have been responsible for what happened at Baton Rouge or on the West Coast?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: I am not eager to say pro or con on this matter, because I do not have too much knowledge of it. But I do know, according to what has passed, that the police department down there could give you better knowledge than me.
QUESTION: You indicate that the numbers of the Nation are increasing. How do you feel about the fidelity that is coming from the individuals who are joining up with the Nation? Do you feel people are becoming more deeply involved or more deeply a part of the Nation of Islam, or do you think the numbers tend to spread things thin?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: I think for the last year or so that we have increased in the registry of our people, with very good people. Their morals are good and they are trying now to increase themselves into better morals. Our natural Black people all over the country are trying to do that.
QUESTION: Have you designated a successor for yourself ?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: I do not do that. I cannot do that. I did not choose myself. God chose me and if He wants a successor, He will choose that one.
QUESTION: By what means would someone come up?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: I do not know that, because I do not believe there is one coming up. The work that I am doing, I don’t think God needs one, because when man and God have come face to face, as the old saying goes, then that is the end of it. When we are face to face with God, that is the end of it and so what would another one do? There is nothing for him to do.
QUESTION: After you are gone, Mr. Muhammad, the Nation of Islam will continue to exist but how?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: It will be a New Islam to what the old Orthodox Islam is, today. It will be altogether a New One.
QUESTION: You mean your successor will preside over a New Islam?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: There will be no successor. There is no need for a successor when a man has got the Divine truth and has brought you face to face with God.
QUESTION: How will your resources be administered?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: That will be carried on by the Nation. After setting up the Nation on the right way, or right path to take care of themselves, they do not need any more instruction on that. They will follow it as the Constitution of America has been followed.
QUESTION: Will it be run by local Mosques?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: No, No, No. After this, the whole entire Nation of Black people will be governed Divinely and the government will be a Divine government and not something that is governed locally, like we have today. We will have a Divine government set up for us, and it will stand forever. We will not need any change.
QUESTION: What did you mean, “new different from Orthodox?”
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: I meant just that. We have a New Islam coming up. The Old Islam was led by white people, white Muslims, but this one will not be. This Islam will be established and led by Black Muslims, only.
QUESTION: Will there be a Saviour’s Day affair as it has been in the Coliseum.
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: We have not made preparations there.
QUESTION: Where will you have it Sir.
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: We hope to have it in the Armory over on 52nd and Cottage.
QUESTION: Will you address the gathering, Mr. Muhammad?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: That depends on the Will of God. If He Pleases, I will be there.
QUESTION: Has that changed your plans, Baton Rouge, has it changed your security arrangements?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: No, because I have One Security and that is God, Himself.
QUESTION: How is your health?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: My health? Well, I do very well, I think, if it Pleases Allah. And, all of the afflictions of the former Messengers, to classify Elijah that is coming just before the Great and Dreadful day of God, he must have a taste of all of it.
QUESTION: Why did you appoint a press conference, today?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: They appointed themselves, and I am willing to go along with them, in that I set up a press conference.
QUESTION: When was the last press conference, do you recall ?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: I have not had an actual press conference in quite few years. I think it was in L.A. I had something like questions on certain things, on one thing, about when the Malcolm death took place. That was not, say, really a press conference. We have not had a press conference since quite a few years ago, out in Los Angeles.
QUESTION: Would you tell us the present status of Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay)?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: Cassius Clay is a good believer. I would say the young man is full of sport and he goes along with sport, too, but I think in his heart he wants to be good.
QUESTION: Will he be returned into full membership in the Nation of Islam?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: There is nothing one would do that cannot be forgiven, if he repents.
QUESTION: Have you set a date for when he comes back into full membership?
MESSENGER MUHAMMAD: No, he is actually still a good Believer. As far as certain duties or posts as he used to hold, as teaching the Ministry, I do not know when that will take place.
Article, photos & captions reprinted from the March 16, 1973 edition of Muhammad Speaks Newspaper
Muslim pioneers remember the early years of Islam
Story and Photos By Nathaniel 10X
CHICAGO-These are special men. Fearless and determined, they were born with the ability to withstand hard trials, to travel the rough road. They are the distance runners who strive to endure until the end. These are pioneers, the first believers, some of the early followers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. May Allah’s richest blessings be upon them.
Many who expected instant heaven perished or fell by the way side. But those who understood, those who knew that they had begun a long journey, they persevered and held open the Temple doors for those who would come later. They knew that they would be taken into captivity, they knew that they would have to serve time in the dungeon of hell, but they also knew that better days would come, because Messenger Muhammad told them so. He prepared them well.
TIMES WERE NOT EASY in those days and Muslims were few, and they were not loved by Lost-Found nor white. “Many times when the landlord found out that you were Muslim, you had to get out.” Brother Frank X remembers. There were also many other trials and hardships. These were depression years, hostile years. There were many responsibilities, and many posts to command.
The men had to have many talents. Brother Edward Ali, served as Supreme Captain (of Illinois) at one time. He was also a teacher at the University of Islam. Brother Willie Muhammad was Temple Secretary, also investigator. Each brother held many posts, and they all labored hard to build this nation.
There was not always a place to teach Islam and when one was found it was not always comfortable, but these determined brothers and sisters never gave up.
“I remember one time when we didn’t have a place to teach, and Sister Ada Hazziez had a place they used for a livery stable – she opened this place up for us, and we went up the alley to her place to have a meeting.” said Brother Willie Muhammad.
Brother Edward Ali also remembers those difficult years and how Islam was spread. “Many of us taught on street corners, in parks, in alleys, on playgrounds, or wherever we found a group of Black people, we’d set up shop and take care of business.
“WE WERE TEACHING the same things then as the Messenger is teaching today…ISLAM! In other words he was familiarizing us with Almighty God and His Wisdom. Not only that, but he was trying to show us that God is a living being, not a spook or something that you can’t see. He was making us acquainted with a being, a human being as God (God in Person). That was the main topic of the day.
In those glorious, early years, the brothers and sisters were extremely close, their great unity was heralded far and wide.
“Unity in those days was very, very good, ” Brother Edward Ali states. “The brothers always visited one another’s homes, and every brother had a blackboard in his home. We discussed the knowledge, which had been taught to us. The Messenger said that we must study hard, our wisdom.
“But he also gave us the law, and we tried to live by that law.” Brother Ali continued. “According to the law of Islam, you want for your brother what you want for yourself. In other words if I have a loaf of bread, half of that loaf belongs to you.”
“If the Messenger came and found you working, the first thing he would say is, ‘Brother can I help you here?’ and he would unbutton his coat and jump in and help. That’s what I call wanting for your brother what you want for yourself – that’s what I call unity – you are helping! Two or three or four or five brothers can always do better than one. Well that’s what he was teaching!!!
“He would pull his coat off anytime and help you to do a job. He was always willing to do something for you, and he still is today,” Brother Ali said.
BROTHER WILLIE MUHAMMAD heard the Teaching in the late Autumn of 1933, in a church on the Westside of Chicago on the corner of Maypole and Damen. Later, after he became a good follower, he states he knew a rough road was ahead.
“I never had the idea that we had an easy job, I was not a great scholar of the Bible, but I did know that Moses was in the wilderness for 40 years,” he said comparing the history of Moses to Messenger Muhammad.
I WOULD LISTEN carefully to the Messenger, how he would speak of 40 years – then he would tell us how many ministers he needed to raise the dead – he said he needed one million ministers. All of this told me that this job would take some time,” said Brother Willie Muhammad.
“THE MESSENGER also said that our work was right here in America – that we didn’t have to go to Africa, that it was here in America – where we could do the most good.”
“I remember how the Messenger, under all circumstances, would persevere – and he’s the same today, only wiser, but he never varied his teaching.”
“I’ve see the Messenger suffering a severe attack of his sickness (asthma), then within the next hour, he was gone into the streets to carry on his work.
“Things like this always gave me courage to know that no matter what or how I felt – this work must go on.” Brother Muhammad added.
Brother Frank X’s recollections capture the jubilance and joy and happiness that Master Fard Muhammad showed when he was among the believers.
“He was always happy,” Bro. Frank said. He would come in bowing. He would say, “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen my uncle (so-called Negro). I promised Abraham that I’d come after you. I told Abraham I’d go and gather them myself, I won’t send anyone, I’ll go myself’.”
When Brother Frank first heard the teaching in early 1933, these were depression years and times were hard.
“I REMEMBER the first time I came, it was at the Odd Fellows Hall on 33rd and State. I had never seen so many people at one time. There was no room to sit, they were all along the wall and scattered out in the halls. The Messenger taught for about six hours that night. Some got up and went home and came back again, and he was still teaching. It was a big hall; more than 1,500 people were there,” Brother Frank said.
It was on a Wednesday in May of 1933 when Brother Edward Ali first heard the Teaching.
“HE (THE Messenger) had four brothers from Detroit. They had their fez on – what we call the universe. He was demonstrating the fez, he had one and the four brothers had one.
“The people wanted to know about the fez, why the fez was red. He told them why, why it was red – well that’s the fire..fire being red, naturally the fez was red.
“It sounded real good.” Brother Ali states.
“What impresses me most and makes me want to live a long, long time, is the progress that the Nation of Islam is making. We never had any restaurants to eat in in the early days. If you didn’t have a house of your own, we had to eat at some brother’s home.
“I never will forget, there was one sister (she’s dead now) Sister Pauline Bahar, she always would fix dinner for the Fruit (F.O.I.). She would always prepare something good for the men in Islam.”
There are many memories, many secrets, much hardship and much joy in the history of the early believers in Islam. There is still much, that, despite how long ago it happened is still highly controversial and delicate. The battle at 11th and State streets, the years of captivity, and much, much more that Muhammad Speaks will endeavor to bring to its readers in the future.
There are many brothers and sisters who were not mentioned, but we will be seeing them, and we will bring their words to you, our readers. But it is their story, these gallant men and courageous women who struggled and persevered, survived and brought about change in the Name of Allah and His True Divine Apostle the Hon. Elijah Muhammad.
MASTER FARD MUHAMMAD
ALLAH IN PERSON
TO WHOM BE PRAISED FOREVER
As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beloved Brothers and Sisters
AKA My Beautiful Black Asiatic Bebies!!!
On February 26, 1877, in the Holy City, Mecca, Arabia, a Saviour was born to deliver us from the hands of our wicked devil Caucasian slavemasters.
He was born of a very Black man who went into the hills and chose a devil Caucasian woman (whom he cleaned up and taught Islam) in order to give birth to a Man Who Would Be Able to go among other devils Without Observation, so that He Could Find The Lost Sheep that was prophesied of in the Bible.
He Came to America, by Himself, on July 4, 1930, at the height of America’s celebrating, and brought about her destruction.
He Began Teaching The So-Called American Negroes the Knowledge of Self, God and Their enemies – the devil Caucasians.
He chose our Beloved Messenger, The Honourable Elijah Muhammad (May the Peace and the Blessings of Allah Forever Be Upon Him) to deliver His Message of Truth, Righteousness, Freedom, Justice and Equality, also known as ISLAM, to His Chosen People – The So-Called American Negroes.
He Taught Our Beloved Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) for three years and about four months – Night And Day.
Once The Honourable Elijah Muhammad (PBUH) was well-versed in His Divine Supreme Wisdom Teachings, He Took His Leave Of Us and left the job to Our Beloved Messenger (PBUH).
Every year on February 26, The Nation of Islam held a convention in the Nation’s Headquarters – Chicago, Illinois, where The Messenger (PBUH) delivered the following lecture.
As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Ma Black Bebies!
So, you know I’m quite the Black Historian.
Well, I’m also into film production.
And, if you combine the two
Brother Oscar was the first Blackman to produce a full-length feature film.
He was born in 1884 in Illinois.
Moved to Chicago when he was seventeen and worked several jobs including a Pullman Porter.
*Side note – As a Black historian, I’ve heard of the “Pullman Porters” on SEVERAL occasions. I just wrote about “Emperor Jones“, wherein the lead character goes off to be a Pullman Porter and what a joyous occasion it is. But I had no idea it was just a continuation of slavery. This pissed me off. I see it in New Orleans. One day I was in The French Quarter and I went in a bar to get some water and those full grown Black men were doing nothing but serving devils and looking at me crazy. I will be so glad to see the day when the Blackman figures out he can work for himself. He doesn’t have to be a servant any longer. Please Read MESSAGE TO THE BLACKMAN IN AMERICA and get a clue.
But back to Brother Oscar…
Sometime in the beginning of the twentieth century, he moved to South Dakota and started homesteading. I’m a country girl at heart and one day would like to own my own farm. So, you know I’ve heard of homesteading but wasn’t completely sure of what it is. So, I YT’d it and basically, I think it’s just farming but on a smaller level. Like just for your own family as opposed to producing one or more types of crops to sell to make money (cash crops). You just produce what you need for your family. At least that’s what it is now.
Back then, it was this.
(This pissed me off too because they know they were supposed to give us our forty acres and mule upon emancipation but instead, they decide they’re going to give EVERYBODY the opportunity to own land and offer it for “low prices” which was still too much for the newly freed slaves. So we still end up with nothing! And have to suffer the humiliation of watching other people get the land that was designated for us! They STILL do that. Show me something that is Just For Black People! I’ll wait. Wasn’t NOBODY in this country slaves but Black People but we can’t get no type of retribution that’s just for us!!! See how they do us????!!!!!! I’m still waiting. Leave a comment. )
So anyway, on a personal sidenote, one day I would like to own a farmhouse with a lake or creek or some type of body of water in the backyard or somewhere, with a yellow cow and some laying hens, a cat or two or three or four or more and an apiary. So I can have an endless supply of milk and honey and C.R.E.A.M.!!!!
Anyway, while Brother Oscar was homesteading he started writing. He self-published an autobiographical novel in 1913, entitled The Conquest, The Story of A Negro Pioneer which I think is gonna piss me off because he had an affair with a devil and he probably put it in the novel. He also wrote articles that were published in the Chicago Defender Newspaper.
In 1915, he moved to Sioux City, Iowa after a drought caused him to lose his land OR his wife ran off with his money and her father sold his land and kept the money while he was away. (I’ve heard both )
In 1917 he established his own publishing company: The Western Book Supply Company and wrote two more books: 1915’s The Forged Note and 1917’s sequel to The Conquest, The Homesteader. He also wrote four more books (The Wind From Nowhere, The Case Of Mrs. Wingate, The Story of Dorothy Stanfield and The Masquerade) in the forties, shortly before his death. I can’t find any links for these last four. Sorry. I looked.
In 1918, Brother Oscar was approached by The Lincoln Motion Picture Company – an all-Black film production company – that was the first to produce films portraying Black people in non-stereotypical but rather, wholesome and morally upright roles – who wanted to produce a film version of his book, The Homesteader but they would not agree to Brother Oscar’s terms that he be allowed to direct the film nor the amount of money allocated to produce the film.
So Brother Oscar sold stock in his NEW company The Micheaux Film & Book Company and produced the film himself.
It premiered in Chicago, a hub of Black life in America at the time, in February 1919.
Our Brother Oscar Micheaux went on to produce over forty films. I happened to watch two of them (finally 😉 ) today on YouTube. I wasn’t sure I was going to like the first one because it was entitled, “Lying Lips” and I thought the morality and integrity of the players would be questionable. But I really dug it!
I was not expecting it to be so heavily based on music, so that was a very pleasant surprise.
I also enjoyed the romance. They did it in such a way that was so sweet and not embarrassing like movies today.
The only thing I disagreed with was that leading lady gave her husband all her money and was willing to let him determine what to do with it.
Her original intention was to just help him out (take care of him) but after he got back on his feet, she STILL gave him her money. Which is just plain stupid. She should have quit her job, homemade (you know I coin terms 😉 ), let him take care of her and lived happily ever after.
The second one I watched was equally modest but with an added twist that made me feel like I could have written the script.
It echoed the themes that I repeat, ad nauseum, in this blog.
Anti-feminism, male/female roles, and the actual fact that when we are born we are born one-half of a soul and our other half is out there somewhere. We just have to be PATIENT and KEEP CHASTE and wait for Allah to make him/her manifest.
As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Ma Beautiful and Beloved Asiatic Aboriginal Black Bebies!!!
So, I came in the library yesterday and they recently re-opened The Black History Section and so they are featuring books by and about Black people and I happened upon this book about Sister Harriet.
But, I’m not big on biographies, so I looked first at the references and sources for the biography and learned that there was a woman who had actually interviewed our Dear Courageous Sister and compiled THREE biographies based on stories told her directly from the mouth of Sister Harriet.
So, you know I had to look for it online
And I just finished the first one.
It verified a lot of stories and quotes I had heard about but it was enlightening to hear the tales direct from Sister Harriet.
She was funny too.
She told the story of how she just happened to arrive on the day before her father was scheduled to go on trial for aiding a fugitive slave and in her words she, “saved dem de expense ob de trial” LOL
It was also fascinating to learn about her years working during the Civil War.
I didn’t know that much about that portion of her life.
It also put great emphasis on her unwavering love for Black People.
Which made me feel really special because my Grandfather nicknamed me
“Grandma Moses” when I was still a child.
And I think my love for Black People and Allah (God)
Is just as strong or stronger than Sister Harriet’s.
She was still living when the book was written.
(Yes, that’s $40,000.00.)
(The equivalent of $1,091,200.00 today)
The end was a little monotonous with the author going on and on about how wicked Southern devil women were compared to Northern devil women.
Now, I’ve read slave narratives wherein they verified that the slave missus was always harder on them than the slavemaster but that was the case whether the fugitive was from the North OR the South and to intimate that the Southern woman was any more wicked than their Sisters up North is preposterous.
She (the biographer) was just trying to make herself feel better.
We know that they are ALL DEVILS.
So, I basically skimmed through that part.
Now, I’m going to look for the Second one.
So, if you’ve finished Message To The Blackman in America….