WBEZ | nation of islam http://www.wbez.org/tags/nation-islam Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Malcolm X heirs sue Chicago’s Third World Press http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-11/malcolm-x-heirs-sue-chicago%E2%80%99s-third-world-press-109132 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP070221174520.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">When we think about Malcolm X and his legacy, the definitive source material is still his own works, especially <a href="http://www.studio360.org/story/95194-american-icons-the-autobiography-of-malcolm-x/">The Autobiography of Malcolm X</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">Published after his assassination in 1965, and co-authored with Alex Haley, the autobiography is a conversion narrative that tracks his embrace of black nationalism and Islam, first in America and then abroad.</p><p dir="ltr">This month though, Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.thirdworldpressbooks.com/wp1/">Third World Press</a> promised to release a book just as compelling. A book according to vice president <a href="http://chicagoweekly.net/2008/05/08/third-world-press-bennett-johnson-publishes-the-books-they-dont-want-you-to-read/">Bennett Johnson</a> that reveals &ldquo;the real Malcom X.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The Diary of Malcolm X documents the activist and religious leader&rsquo;s life after he broke with the Nation of Islam up until his assassination a year later.</p><p dir="ltr">Third World planned to release it this week. But last Friday <a href="http://nypost.com/2013/11/08/malcolm-x-kin-sue-to-stop-diary-publication/">a Manhattan attorney filed a lawsuit </a>to block publication.</p><p dir="ltr">The suit was filed on behalf of some of Malcolm X&rsquo;s children, who say the book is unauthorized.</p><p dir="ltr">Johnson claims Third World Press signed a contract earlier this year. They acquired the diary from Malcolm&rsquo;s daughter Ilyhasah Al-Shabazz, who is also the book&rsquo;s editor, along with Herb Boyd (who edited a previously anthology on Malcolm X for Third World).</p><p dir="ltr">Johnson says he&rsquo;s not sure why the family members are blocking publication. He first got wind of the action a couple of weeks ago.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been asking all along, &lsquo;what do you want so we can work something out?&rsquo;&rdquo; says Johnson. &ldquo;And all we get from them is &lsquo;we want you to stop,&rsquo; which you know obviously is a non-starter. That&rsquo;s not how you do business.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">According to an article in the New York Post, an entity formed by the heirs of the slain activist has &ldquo;exclusive rights to publish, reproduce and distribute the diaries worldwide.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Johnson counters that their arrangement divides royalties from the book among the six daughters.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I knew Malcolm X. I didn&rsquo;t know him that well and I think he&rsquo;d be very disturbed by this confusion over his diary.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Johnson says a hearing on the suit should take place today. Calls to the Manhattan attorney who filed the suit went unanswered.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Alison Cuddy is an arts and culture reporter for WBEZ and host of TV podcast Changing Channels. Follow her on Twitter </em>@wbezacuddy.</p></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-11/malcolm-x-heirs-sue-chicago%E2%80%99s-third-world-press-109132 Farrakhan focuses on economics in Chicago speech http://www.wbez.org/news/farrakhan-focuses-economics-chicago-speech-105718 <p><p>Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan on Sunday called on blacks nationwide to curb economic disparities by cutting back on excessive spending, pooling resources and investing in land &mdash; an action plan he laid out during a three-hour speech at the movement&#39;s annual Saviours&#39; Day convention.</p><p>The 79-year-old leader has often used the annual keynote address &mdash; part sermon, part lecture &mdash; to discuss current events and politics on a national platform, particularly after the election of the nation&#39;s first black president. But Farrakhan focused most of his new message on the Nation of Islam followers in the audience.</p><p>Saviours&#39; Day commemorates the founding of the Nation of Islam, which has espoused black nationalism and self-reliance since the 1930s. When President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, the resounding tone of the convention was jubilant, but Obama&#39;s re-election took a back seat Sunday as Farrakhan said blacks still had to rely on themselves, and not leaders, to improve their situation.</p><p>&quot;Even though one of our own has reached the highest pinnacle of the American political system, his presence has not, cannot and will not solve our problems,&quot; Farrakhan told the crowd of men wearing navy uniforms and women dressed in white shirt suits and matching hijabs.</p><p>Roughly 10,000 people attended the convention at the University of Illinois at Chicago, an event that drew followers from around the globe and capped off three days of workshops.</p><p>Farrakhan touched briefly on other topics &mdash; Israel, Obama&#39;s cabinet and healthier food consumption &mdash; but mostly reiterated teachings from the Chicago-based movement on a plan for blacks&#39; economic recovery and said the biggest priority should be the purchase of land.</p><p>The Nation of Islam has more than 1,500 acres of farmland in Georgia. Ishmael Muhammad, the religion&#39;s national assistant minister, told The Associated Press that the group is looking to buy thousands more acres in the Midwest.</p><p>Noticeably absent from Farrakhan&#39;s remarks were any major mentions of violence in Chicago and the organization&#39;s renewed and more public efforts to combat it. Chicago had an uptick of violence last year with more than 500 murders and last July, Farrakhan dispatched the organization&#39;s military-style members to march city streets in an attempt to reach out to community members and those in gangs.</p><p>And in a rare move, the minister himself marched in the streets alongside Nation of Islam members.</p><p>Muhammad said members of the movement continue to do similar work in the neighborhoods of Chicago, New York and other cities but on a more low-key basis. He said the group would ramp up again in the summer in Chicago and that the organization also is developing anti-violence programs.</p><p>Chicago area ministers and anti-violence advocates from CeaseFire confirmed the Nation of Islam has become more active in combating violence in recent months, volunteering security services at a peace summit and workshops, among other things.</p><p>&quot;The effort is to promote peace in the streets. Our first effort is to introduce ourselves to the community,&quot; Muhammad said. &quot;So many feel neglected and abandoned.&quot;</p><p>In his speech Sunday, Farrakhan only addressed violence in terms of guns, saying illegal weapons are the problem.</p><p>&quot;The Second Amendment has no relevance to the black community in this sense,&quot; he said. &quot;All your weapons are illegal and you&#39;re using them like a savage people.&quot;</p></p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 08:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/farrakhan-focuses-economics-chicago-speech-105718 Farrakhan: America is on its deathbed http://www.wbez.org/story/farrakhan-america-its-deathbed-96750 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-26/RS5037_AP120226065866-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-26/RS5037_AP120226065866-scr.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: left; width: 250px; height: 412px;" title="Nation Of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan speaks during the Saviours' Day annual convention. (AP/Paul Beaty)">Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan alternately defended and derided President Barack Obama during the group’s annual Saviours’ Day speech at Chicago’s United Center on Sunday.</p><p>Farrakhan challenged Obama’s recent statements that America is back on track.</p><p>“Mr. President, if America is not in decline, why is our government and state governments selling off the assets that belong to the government and American people?” Farrakhan said.</p><p>But Farrakhan also took Republicans to task who have disseminated racist material about Obama. On a projector, Farrakhan highlighted images that have depicted Obama as a Nazi and a chimpanzee. The minister also read passages from people who have called for the president’s assassination.</p><p>“Never has a sitting president been spoken of in the manner that President Obama and his family have had to endure,” Farrakhan said. “Not just by the birthers and right-wing zealots but those in high places – people with great influence have spoken against him in a manner that has never been according to even the worst of America’s white presidents.”</p><p>But Farrakhan said Obama is being pressured to destroy him.</p><p>“They want our president to deal with me and Iran and that would make the ‘synagogue of Satan’ happy,” Farrakhan said. He then warned that Obama may be a target for assassination.</p><p>Farrakhan’s speech was entitled 'What will 2012 bring to America, the World, Black and Oppressed People.' Saviours’ Day marks the birth of Nation of Islam founder W. Fard Muhammad. Farrakhan spoke for several hours to a crowd of thousands.</p><p>Farrakhan also delved into foreign policy. A staunch supporter and friend of Libya’s former leader Muammar Qaddafi — who was killed by rebels last fall — Farrakhan questioned Middle East policies as several countries bubble with tumult.</p><p>“Documents have surfaced that reveal the so-called Arab Spring didn’t start in the Muslim world,” Farrakhan said. “It started from plans in the United States to take over the Middle East, its natural resources for the Western World. But their Arab Spring is not going the way they originally intended and it is now turned into a harsh Arab Winter.”</p><p>Farrakhan also put forth the theory that the Sept. 11 attacks were not orchestrated by Muslims but were an inside job orchestrated by the U.S. government.</p></p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 03:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/farrakhan-america-its-deathbed-96750 Farrakhan headlines Saviours’ Day http://www.wbez.org/story/farrakhan-headlines-saviours%E2%80%99-day-96737 <p><p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.6421382944099605" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-24/RS4973_AP110615033781-scr.jpg" style="border-width: initial; border-color: initial; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left; width: 220px; height: 150px; " title="Louis Farrakhan speaks at a news conference in New York, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. (AP/Seth Wenig)"></span></b>Min. Louis Farrakhan will commemorate the Nation of Islam anniversary with a <a href="http://www.noi.org/sd2012/tickets.shtml">Saviours' Day</a> celebration at Chicago's United Center on Sunday.</p><p>Farrakhan’s speech is entitled “What Will 2012 Bring to America, The World, and Black Oppressed People.”</p><p>Thousands are expected to attend.</p><p>Saviours’ Day marks the birth of Nation of Islam founder W. Fard Muhammad. Sunday is the 82nd anniversary. The Nation of Islam, a longstanding stalwart of black nationalism, is based in Chicago.</p></p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 23:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/farrakhan-headlines-saviours%E2%80%99-day-96737 Farrakhan defends Libya http://www.wbez.org/story/black-supremacy/farrakhan-defends-libya-84572 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-01/Farrakhan_Getty_Scott Olson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Nation of Islam Min. Louis Farrakhan said the United States is a hypocrite for its current military action against Libya.</p><p>Calling Col. Muammar Qaddafi "brother leader," Farrakhan said the embattled Libyan dictator has been a friend to him. He added that he doesn’t understand why President Barack Obama authorized military intervention in Libya.</p><p>"I love Muammar Qaddafi and I love our president. It grieves me to see my brother president set a policy that would remove this man," Farrakhan said.</p><p>The minister made those remarks at Mosque Maryam, the headquarters of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam. Farrakhan says in 1972 Qaddafi lent the Nation $3 million to buy the mosque, a former Greek church.</p><p>In the early 1980s, Qaddafi lent $5 million to help Farrakhan start a line of black-owned personal care products.</p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 22:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/black-supremacy/farrakhan-defends-libya-84572