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The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Minister

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Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
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Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
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Favorite Quote:
Up You Mighty Nation, You Can Accomplish What You Will!

Birthplace

Born:
5/11/1933
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Minister

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Up You Mighty Nation, You Can Accomplish What You Will!

Birthplace

Born:
5/11/1933
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Minister Louis Farrakhan was born on May 11, 1933 in the Bronx, New York to Sarah May and Percival Clarke. He was born Louis Eugene Walcott, but would later adopt the surname of Farrakhan after his conversion to Islam. Louis and his brother, Alvan Walcott, were raised by their mother and step-father in Boston, Massachusetts. As a youth, Farrakhan was a talented violinist and athlete. He graduated from Boston English High School and attended Winston-Salem Teacher’s College, during which time he recorded calypso albums under the name “The Charmer.” In 1953, Farrakhan married his wife, Khadijah Farrakhan (born Betsy Ross), and he dropped out of college during his senior year to assist her during her pregnancy.

After attending the annual Saviors’ Day address delivered by Elijah Muhammad, Leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI), Farrakhan decided to join the NOI in 1955. Farrakhan became minister of Muhammad’s Temple No. 11 in Boston, Massachusetts in 1956. Nine years later, he was appointed by Elijah Muhammad to serve as Minister of Muhammad’s Temple No. 7 in New York City. Farrakhan worked with the Harlem community to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood, but the decisions made by Imam W. Deen Mohammed to make the NOI resemble Sunni Islam prompted Farrakhan to gather his own supporters and rebuild the NOI based on the leading principles of Wallace Fard Muhammad and Elijah Muhammad. Farrakhan first assumed the role of Leader of the NOI in 1978.

Although at times a controversial figure, Farrakhan’s message of a unified community and the importance of reversing negative stereotypes has been the guiding principle of many of his actions. To combat the negative image of African American men often presented by the media, Farrakhan organized the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. on October 16, 1995 and the Millions More Movement ten years later. Farrakhan was voted the Person of the Year by Black Entertainment Television in 2005, and the following year, he was voted the fifth most important African American leader in the AP-AOL “Black Voices” poll.

Louis Farrakhan was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 29, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his mother's early life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls visiting his maternal grandparents in Bermuda
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his mother's decision to move to Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his earliest childhood memories, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his earliest childhood memories, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers his home life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers his home life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls the role of religion in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his childhood temperament
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his experiences of discrimination at the Boston Latin School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers being falsely accused by a white teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls the influence of Marcus Garvey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his mother's encouragement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers being discouraged by a white teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his lack of mentorship in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about the education of African American youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers appearing on 'The Original Amateur Hour'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his interests during high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about his West Indian heritage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his social life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his early musical performances, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his early musical performances, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about actor Harry Belafonte
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers his arrival at the Winston Salem Teachers College in Winston Salem, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls winning the Horace Heidt talent show
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls being denied entry into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about his experiences in the segregated South
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers his marriage, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers his marriage, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls performing in the 'Calypso Follies' show in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his first meeting with Elijah Muhammad
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers his calling to the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his decision to retire from music, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his decision to retire from music, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers becoming the minister of Temple No. 11 in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls the guidance of Elijah Muhammad, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls the guidance of Elijah Muhammad, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers Malcolm X
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his training for the Nation of Islam, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his training for the Nation of Islam, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about the Chicago City Council's opposition to the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes the portrayal of the Nation of Islam in the 'The Hate That Hate Produced'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers the reaction to 'The Hate That Hate Produced'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his tenure as the leader of Temple No. 11 in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan reflects upon his leadership
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about Malcolm X's role in the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes the Nation of Islam's business enterprises
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes the history of the Nation of Islam, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes the history of the Nation of Islam, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about the leaders of the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes the prophesy of Wallace Fard Muhammad
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls the disappearance of Wallace Fard Muhammad
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes Elijah Muhammad's role as a Wallace Fard Muhammad's representative
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers joining the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers the conflict between Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers the conflict between Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls Malcolm X's departure from the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls Muhammad Ali's conversion to the Nation of Islam, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan reflects upon Elijah Muhammad's decisions
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls the attacks against the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers the assassination of Malcolm X
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about Malcolm X's trip to Mecca
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes the Nation of Islam's development initiatives
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls Muhammad Ali's conversion to the Nation of Islam, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes Muhammad Ali's reaction to Malcolm X's departure
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls Muhammad Ali's protests against the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers his leadership of the Nation of Islam in New York City
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his ministry in New York City
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers Black Family Day
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls the jealousy of his fellow ministers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls the jealousy of his fellow ministers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan his selection as Elijah Muhammad's successor
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan reflects upon the Nation of Islam's role in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes the Nation of Islam's trade and banking initiatives
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his nomination as Elijah Muhammad's successor
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls the death of Elijah Muhammad, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls the death of Elijah Muhammad, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his conflict with Wallace D. Muhammad
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers Godfrey Cambridge's funeral
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers advice from a seer
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his decision to return to the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes Wallace D. Muhammad's views on the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about his relationship with Wallace D. Muhammad
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about his decision to return to the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls the supporters of his return to the Nation of Islam, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls the supporters of his return to the Nation of Islam, pt. 2
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers his study group in Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls the protection of the Afro American Patrolmen's League
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his supporters in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his supporters in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about The Final Call
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his reconciliation with Warith Deen Mohammed
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about the growth of Saviours' Day
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about the formation of the Fruit of Islam
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers his defense of Reverend Jesse L. Jackson
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about his followers
  • Tape: 12 Story: 7 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his economic POWER initiatives, pt. 1
  • Tape: 12 Story: 8 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his economic POWER initiatives, pt. 2
  • Tape: 12 Story: 9 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his economic POWER initiatives, pt. 2
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his efforts to reconcile with the Jewish community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his efforts to reconcile with the Jewish community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers meeting with Jewish leaders, pt. 1
  • Tape: 13 Story: 4 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers meeting with Jewish leaders, pt. 2
  • Tape: 13 Story: 5 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers Khalid Abdul Muhammad
  • Tape: 13 Story: 6 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about his relationship with Khalid Abdul Muhammad
  • Tape: 13 Story: 7 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls a lesson from Elijah Muhammad
  • Tape: 13 Story: 8 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers his attempted assassination by Qubilah Shabazz
  • Tape: 13 Story: 9 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his encounter with the Mother Plane, pt. 1
  • Tape: 13 Story: 10 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his encounter with the Mother Plane, pt. 2
  • Tape: 13 Story: 11 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his message to the Libyan government
  • Tape: 13 Story: 12 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers the bombing of Libya
  • Tape: 14 Story: 1 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls American interference in Muslim countries
  • Tape: 14 Story: 2 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls challenges he faced while organizing the Million Man March
  • Tape: 14 Story: 3 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remembers the interfaith unity at the Million Man March
  • Tape: 14 Story: 4 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recalls his World Friendship Tour
  • Tape: 14 Story: 5 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan reflects upon the Million Man March
  • Tape: 14 Story: 6 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about his cancer diagnosis
  • Tape: 14 Story: 7 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about the future of the United States
  • Tape: 14 Story: 8 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks about the persecution of African American men
  • Tape: 14 Story: 9 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 14 Story: 10 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan describes his hopes for the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 14 Story: 11 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 15 Story: 1 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan reflects upon his life, pt. 2