The Nation of Islam (NOI) started in Detroit in the 1930s, but when the Honorable Elijah Muhammad took leadership he relocated to Chicago and built Temple No. 2 in the South Shore neighborhood.
The Chicago Reader, the city’s free weekly newspaper, recently produced a beautiful web short documenting the Nation of Islam’s influence on Chicago’s south side during the 1960s and 1970s. The Reader highlights how the NOI brought economic development to the South Side with business and education centers like Your Supermarket and the Muhammad University of Islam.
via Chicago Reader:
“As we take a look back at Chicago’s black Muslim community during the 1960s and 1970s, we observe a variety of practices the Nation of Islam encouraged in its followers’ journey of spiritual growth and self-sufficiency.