Internet story on Obama was wrong

WASHINGTON, April 10 (UPI) -- An Internet news posting two weeks ago claiming Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill, traveled to Libya in 1984 was wrong, but remained online until Monday. The story on OneNewsNow.com was posted days after the New York Times reported Obama's pastor had traveled to T

Louis Farrakhan speaks at Muslim event

DETROIT, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan spoke of religious unity Sunday in the keynote speech at the organization's Saviour's Day Convention in Detroit.

Sudan crisis focus of al-Bashir speech

DETROIT, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir told a Muslim convention meeting in Detroit that his African nation is being targeted by former colonial powers. Speaking via a video conference Friday to the convention of the Nation of Islam, al-Bashir said Sudan is cur

Farrakhan released from hospital

CHICAGO, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Louis Farrakhan, longtime leader of the Nation of Islam, has been released from a Chicago hospital after undergoing abdominal surgery. The organization said in its Final Call newspaper that Farrakhan was released on Sunday after being hospitalized Jan. 5

First Muslim elected to U.S. Congress

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of the U.S. Congress, said he wants to put a face on Islam "that is just like everybody else's face."

Farrakhan's lieutenants ready to take over

CHICAGO, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The Chicago-based Nation of Islam is preparing for more change after Louis Farrakhan handed control to trusted council leaders, a report says.

Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan ill

CHICAGO, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has asked the Chicago-based organization's executives to lead the group without him because he is ill.

The Almanac

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Jamaica to swear in first female PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 30 (UPI) -- The Jamaican capital of Kingston was under heavy security Thursday as the country's first female prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, was to be sworn in.

ADL resigns from Ill. hate panel

CHICAGO, March 2 (UPI) -- The Anti-Defamation League Thursday resigned from an Illinois panel on hate crimes to protest the appointment of a Louis Farrakhan supporter to the group.

Governor's hate crime panel under attack

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Jewish groups in Illinois claim an appointee on Gov. Rod Blagojevich's anti-hate crime panel has close ties to Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam.

Lawyer seeks access to Farrakhan compound

HAMMOND, Ind., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A lawyer for an Indiana couple injured by Louis Farrakhan's son in a hit-and-run crash is seeking access to Farrakhan's compound.

March in D.C. for national black movement

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Saturday's Millions More March attracted thousands of people to Washington to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March.

Farrakhan blasts anti-poverty efforts

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan says black Americans must draw strength from one another to fight racism, which he says is still rife in the country.

Louis Farrakhan pushes for inclusive march

CHICAGO, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called for inclusion of Latinos, Indians, women and gays in Saturday's Millions More Movement march in Washington.
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Louis Farrakhan
WAP2002072205 - WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- Louis Farrakhan speaks about his recent trip to the Middle East and Africa to supporters and members of the media on July 22, 2002, at the National Press club in Washington. Farrakhan described his trip as a mission of peace. rlw/Roger L. Wollenberg UPI

Minister Louis Farrakhan Muhammad, Sr. (born Louis Eugene Walcott; May 11, 1933) is the leader of the Chicago, Illinois-based Nation of Islam (NOI). He served as the minister of major mosques in Boston and Harlem, and was appointed by the longtime NOI leader, Elijah Muhammad, before his death in 1975, as the National Representative of the Nation of Islam. After Warith Deen Muhammad disbanded the NOI and started the orthodox Islamic group American Society of Muslims, Farrakhan started rebuilding the NOI. In 1981 he revived the name Nation of Islam for his organization, previously known as Final Call, regaining many of the Nation of Islam's National properties including the NOI National Headquarters Mosque Maryam, reopening over 130 NOI mosques in America and the World.

Farrakhan is a Black religious and social leader, and a critic of the United States government on many issues, including the call to murder white people and bring forth an end of their ruling age. Farrakhan has been both praised and widely criticized for his often controversial political views and outspoken rhetorical style. In October 1995, he called and led the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., calling on black men to renew their commitments to their families and communities. Due to health issues, in 2007, Farrakhan reduced his responsibilities with the NOI.

He was born Louis Eugene Walcott (also spelled Wolcott) in 1933 in The Bronx, New York, the younger of two sons of Sarah Mae Manning (16 January 1900 – 18 November 1988) and Percival Clark, immigrants from the Caribbean islands. His mother was born in Saint Kitts and Nevis. His father was a Jamaican native and worked as a taxicab driver. After Louis' father died in 1936, the Walcott family moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where they settled in the West Indian neighborhood of the Roxbury area.

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