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Malcolm X Criticizes Elijah Muhammad

June 29, 1964 - Malcolm X (left in 1961), the dissident Black Muslim, criticized Elijah Muhammad (right) today for not using his organization to fight bigotry in the South. Since breaking with Muhammad’s Nation of Islam sect, Malcolm X has operated through his own Afro-American Unity Organization.

“Elijah spends his time denouncing white persons and my followers,” Malcolm declared in an interview. “Why doesn’t he denounce the Ku Klux Klan and the White Citizens Councils? Why doesn’t he send followers to Mississippi and Florida to help the Negro and white civil rights volunteers who are trying to better things there?”

He accused the self-styled “messenger of Allah” of disservice to Negroes by his failure to join white persons in the civil rights struggle.


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