ELIGAH MOHAMMED . Born in Sandersville Elijah Poole ( 1897-1975 ) P ersonally witnessed lynching s in 1907 and 1921 M arried Clara Evans in 1919 and moved north to Detroit in 1923 Jobless and alcoholic until 1931, when he met Fard Muhammad .
Born in SandersvilleElijah Poole ( 1897-1975) Personally witnessed lynchings in 1907 and 1921Married Clara Evans in 1919 and moved north to Detroit in 1923 Jobless and alcoholic until 1931, when he met Fard Muhammad.
Elijah Poole attended a speech on Islam and black empowerment by Wallace D. Fard
In a private moment with Fard, Elijah asked, perhaps simply to hear again what he already believed, “Who are you, and what is your real name?” He was hardly disappointed when the revered Muslim replied, “My name is Mahdi; I am God, I came to guide you into the right path that you may be successful and see the hereafter.” (Clegg, 22)
Following his return to Chicago, Elijah Muhammad was firmly in charge of the Nation of Islam. The organization had retained its membership level during his imprisonment, and its membership increased after his return. From four temples in 1946, the Nation of Islam grew to 15 by 1955. By 1959, there were 50 temples in 22 states.