This Day in Black History: May 11, 1933

Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, was born in the Bronx, New York.

Posted: 05/11/2012 07:00 AM EDT

Leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan was born on May 11, 1933, in the Bronx, New York. Before taking the helm of the Nation of Islam, Farrakhan worked as a vocalist, calypso singer, dancer and violinist in Boston. Farrakhan joined the Nation of Islam in 1955, and became the National Representative for the organization shortly after the death of Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad in 1975.

Farrakhan is credited with spearheading the Million Man March, held on Oct. 16, 1995, which brought unprecedented scores of Black men to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in a show of solidarity and unity. Farrakhan also led the Millions More Movement march held 10 years after the initial historic gathering. 


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