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Sun, 03.08.1964

Malcolm X leaves Nation Of Islam

Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad

*On this date in 1964, Malcolm X Separated from the Nation of Islam (NOI).

Malcolm X planed to create Black Nationalist party that would cooperate with local civil rights actions in order to heighten political consciousness of Negroes. The week before he had an unplanned meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a hallway after they both observed Senate filibuster on the Civil Rights Bill. Soon after his announcement, a meeting with Malcolm X, E. Grant, and J. Warden to discuss incorporation of MMI (Muslim Mosque Incorporated) took place.

Later an informant reports that Elijah Muhammad has ordered Malcolm X to surrender his home and car, both of which are owned by the NOI. On March 10th Malcolm tells Ebony magazine that the Black Muslim leaders have "got to kill me. They can’t afford to let me live. . . I know where the bodies are buried and if they press me, I’ll exhume some."

Reference:
The Last Year of Malcolm X
The Revolution of a Revolutionary
by George Breitman
Merit Publishers
Library of Congress # 67-20467
Copyright 1967

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