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Min. Louis Farrkhan Steers NOI in New Direction

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The controversial leader of the Nation of Islam says he wants the group to be more inclusive. Louis Farrakhan’s comments came during a rare media appearance yesterday in his Chicago home.

This Sunday, Mosque Maryam in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood will be rededicated. It’s the flagship mosque for the Nation of Islam.

Farrakhan says the rededication is about linking his group to the larger Muslim world.

FARRAKHAN: The new beginning means the Nation of Islam the nationalistic aspect of the nation will give way to the universal aspect of Elijah Muhammad’s teaching and the universal aspect of Islam.

Elijah Muhammad founded the Nation of Islam in the 1930s as a way to uplift black Americans. Farrakhan says the shift to inclusiveness doesn’t mean that primary mission will go by the wayside.

Farrakhan invited a group of journalists, mostly members of the black media, to his home in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood.

The questions were limited to the future of the Nation of Islam. Farrakhan says he’s better after a recent bout with cancer, but says he’s preparing for a successor.

I’m Natalie Moore, Chicago Public Radio.

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