The Nation of Islam and Black Nationalism in Atlanta, 1955-1975


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This book explores the Nation of Islam's (NOI) initiatives in Atlanta’s Temple No. 15 under the leadership of Ministers James X, Jeremiah Shabazz, and Abdul Rahman from 1955 to 1975. These southern ministers situated Atlanta as the NOI’s entrance to the South amid Jim Crow and within the backdrop of the Black Freedom Movement. This book argues that the NOI in the South, namely Atlanta, was distinct from the NOI in northern urban areas as the organization crafted a southern strategy of recruitment and played a more significant role in advocating racial separatism and challenging racial injustices in the South.