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date: 12 July 2020

Muhammad, Elijahlocked

(10 October 1897–25 February 1975)
  • Lawrence H. Mamiya

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Muhammad, Elijah (10 October 1897–25 February 1975), leader of the Nation of Islam, was born Robert Poole in Sandersville, Georgia, the son of William Poole, an itinerant Baptist preacher and sharecropper, and Mariah Hall, a domestic for local white families. In 1900 the family moved to Cordele, Georgia, where Muhammad went to public school until the fourth grade when he dropped out to supplement his family’s income as a laborer in sawmills and with the Cherokee Brick Company. In 1919 he married Clara Evans of Cordele, and they had two daughters and six sons....

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