Louis Farrakhan Bio
Louis Farrakhan Sr. born Louis Eugene Walcott; May 11, 1933), formerly known as Louis X, is an American black nationalist and minister who is the leader of the religious group Nation of Islam (NOI). Previously, he served as the minister of mosques in Boston and Harlem and had been appointed National Representative of the Nation of Islam by former NOI leader Elijah Muhammad.
After Warith Deen Muhammad disbanded the NOI and started the orthodox Islamic group American Society of Muslims, Farrakhan started rebuilding the NOI. In 1981 he renamed his organization from Final Call to the Nation of Islam, reviving the group and establishing its headquarters at Mosque Maryam.
Farrakhan in November 2018
Louis Eugene Walcott
May 11, 1933
New York City, U.S.
|Residence||Kenwood, Chicago, Illinois|
|Other names||Louis X|
|Education||English High School of Boston|
|Occupation||Leader of the Nation of Islam|
|Predecessor||Warith Deen Mohammed|
Khadijah Farrakhan (m. 1953)
|Children||9; including Mustapha and Donna|
Early life and education
Farrakhan was born Louis Eugene Walcott in The Bronx, New York, the younger of two sons of Sarah Mae Manning (January 16, 1900 – November 18, 1988) and Percival Clark, immigrants from the Caribbean islands. His mother was born in Saint Kitts and Nevis. His father was Jamaican. The couple split before Louis was born. Farrakhan says he never knew his biological father. In a 1996 interview with Henry Louis Gates Jr., he speculated that his father, “Gene”, may have been Jewish. After his parents separated, his mother moved in with Louis Walcott from Barbados, who became his stepfather. After Louis’ stepfather died in 1936, the Walcott family moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where they settled in the West Indian neighborhood of Roxbury.
Starting at the age of six, Walcott received training in the violin. He received his first violin at the age of six, and by the time he was 13 years old he had played with the Boston College Orchestra and the Boston Civic Symphony A year later, he went on to win national competitions. In 1946, he was one of the first black performers to appear on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour, where he also won an award. He and his family were active members of the Episcopal St. Cyprian’s Church in Roxbury.
Walcott attended the Boston Latin School, and later the English High School, from which he graduated. He completed three years at Winston-Salem Teachers College, where he had a track scholarship.
Marriage and family
Walcott married Betsy Ross while he was in college. In 1955, both of them joined the Nation of Islam. Later, she took the name Khadijah Farrakhan. She lived in Boston, and was pregnant with their child. Due to complications from the pregnancy, Walcott dropped out after completing his junior year of college to devote time to her and their child. They are still married.
Farrakhan has nine children: four sons: Mustapha, Joshua Nasir, Abnar, and Louis Jr., and five daughters: Donna, Hanan, Maria, Fatimah, and Khallada.
In the 1950s, Walcott started his professional music career by recording several calypso albums as a singer under the name “The Charmer.” He also performed on tour. In February 1955, using part of his middle name, Eugene, “Calypso Gene” was headlining a show in Chicago, Illinois, entitled “Calypso Follies.” One of his songs was on the top 100 Billboard Chart for five years in a row. There he first came in contact with the teachings of the Nation of Islam (NOI) through Rodney Smith, a friend and saxophonist from Boston. Walcott and his wife Betsy were invited to the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day address by Elijah Muhammad. Prior to going to Saviours’ Day, due to then-Minister Malcolm X’s media presence, Walcott had never heard of Elijah Muhammad, and like many outside of the Nation of Islam, he thought that Malcolm X was the leader of the Nation of Islam.
VIDEO: Democrat Maxine Waters greets far-left racist Louis Farrakhan with a warm embrace,
& thanks him.
The Internet never forgets. pic.twitter.com/F7jbbJjlt6
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) May 2, 2019
The leadership of the Nation of Islam
Warith Deen Mohammed, the seventh son of Elijah and Clara Muhammad, was declared the new leader of the Nation of Islam at the annual Saviours’ Day Convention in February 1975, a day after his father died. He made substantial changes to the organization in the late 1970s, taking most members into a closer relationship with traditional (orthodox) Islam, and renaming the group “World Community of Islam in the West”, and eventually the American Society of Muslims, to indicate the apparent change. He rejected the deification of the founder Wallace D. Fard as Allah in person, the Mahdi of the Holy Qur’an and the messiah of the Bible, welcomed white worshipers who were once considered devils and enemies in the NOI as equal brothers, sisters, and friends. At the beginning of these changes, Chief Min. Warith Deen Mohammed gave some Euro-Americans X’s, and extended efforts at inter-religious cooperation and outreach
to Christians and Jews. Changing his position and title from Chief Minister Wallace Muhammad to Imam Warith Huddin Mohammad, and finally Imam Warith Al-Deen Mohammed, he was responsible for the conversion of over 2,000,000 members of the Nation of Islam to traditional Islam in the United States of America.
We have deleted this tweet because it incorrectly included Louis Farrakhan, who has espoused anti-Semitic views, in a list of far-right leaders. Facebook banned extremist figures including Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos for being “dangerous” https://t.co/iCI8pzK6aR pic.twitter.com/m87t1fglrZ
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 2, 2019
Allegations of sexism
Farrakhan received sexual discrimination complaints filed with a New York state agency when he banned women from attending a speech he gave in a city-owned theater in 1993. The next year he gave a speech only women could attend. In his speech for women, as The New York Times reported,
When Farrakhan first joined the NOI, he was asked by Elijah Muhammad to put aside his musical career as a calypso singer. After 42 years, Farrakhan decided to take up the violin once more primarily due to the urging of prominent classical musician Sylvia Olden Lee.
On April 17, 1993, Farrakhan made his return concert debut with performances of the Violin Concerto in E Minor by Felix Mendelssohn. Farrakhan intimated that his performance of a concerto by a Jewish composer was, in part, an effort to heal a rift between him and the Jewish community. The New York Times music critic Bernard Holland reported that Farrakhan’s performance was somewhat flawed due to years of neglect, but “nonetheless Mr. Farrakhan’s sound is that of the authentic player. It is wide, deep and full of the energy that makes the violin gleam.”
Banned From FaceBook
Facebook didn’t just ban these accounts.
Facebook promises to remove, for instance, Alex Jones and Infowars content posted by any other accounts, too.
If you post Infowars or Alex Jones content one too many times, you will be banned.
— Xeni (@xeni) May 2, 2019
NEW: Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and others from its main service and from Instagram, saying they violated the company’s ban against hate and violence. https://t.co/43MUjv6CdK pic.twitter.com/d5vci8Cnn5
— ABC News (@ABC) May 2, 2019
Facebook is banning a number of people who the social media site considers to be “dangerous.” The company said on Thursday that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan will be permanently banned from Facebook. So will Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Laura Loomer. Alex Jones and his InfoWars site were already banned from Facebook, but this latest ban will also take Jones and InfoWars off of Instagram, which Facebook owns. Facebook didn’t give any details about why it had decided to issue the ban. The company did issue a statement saying that it had a policy of banning those who promote violence or hatred — regardless of where they stand on the political spectrum.
“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” the statement reads. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
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