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REASON FOR RESEARCH The reason I chose to research the life of Elijah Muhammad is because my dad had done research on Malcolm X for a class in college and I wanted to find out about his teacher I have found in the process of this of this research some startling information that I definitely had not expected As you read this report I hope you see what I mean HIS LIFE Elijah Poole was born in Sandersburg Georgia on Oct 7 1897 to William and Mariah Poole who had 12 other children His parents were former slaves and he had to quit school after third grade in order to earn enough money as a share cropper to help support his family Just before the 1920s he married Clara Evans with whom he fathered eight children In 1923 he moved his family from Macon Georgia to Detroit Michigan In 1930 Poole met Fard Muhammad who believed that it was time for the blacks to return to Islam supposedly the religion of their ancestors He became devoted to the religion and in 1934 was given the title Supreme Minister1 In 1942 he was jailed for evading the draft The draft called for all males between the ages of 18 and 44 to join and he refused on claims that he was 45 and that his religion forbid it Muhammad was released at the end of the war and found a likeness of himself in Malcolm X one of the young new Muslims who had joined the Nation of Islam after the war In the 1950s Muhammad claimed X as his best disciple Then in 1964 X was assassinated and Muhammad accused the American government of being behind it In 1975 Elijah Muhammad died of natural causes SCHOOLING His formal education
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