Profession: Religious Leader
Why Famous: Founder of the Nation of Islam, Elijah Muhammad was a controversial figure throughout his life.
His organization came to include people such as Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Louis Farrakhan.
- 1930-11-22 Elijah Muhammad forms Nation of Islam in Detroit
- 1960-07-31 Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, calls for a black state
- 1964-03-06 Boxing legend Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and changes his name to "Muhammad Ali", calling his former title a "slave name"