Black Muslims

Black Muslim

noun
a member of the Nation of Islam.

Origin:
1955–60, Americanism

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Black Muslims
 
n
Official name: Nation of Islam (esp in the US) a political and religious movement of Black people who adopt the religious practices of Islam and seek to establish a new Black nation

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Black Muslims definition


A radical movement for Black Power that reached a peak of influence in the United States during the 1960s, partly under the leadership of Malcolm X. Members rejected Christianity as a religion of white people and embraced Islam. Like many other Black Muslims who took new names, the boxer Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali to join the movement.

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