15 Facts About Detroit Red

1. Detroit Red told Haley, "If I'm alive when this book comes out, it will be a miracle.

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2. Detroit Red is largely responsible for the spread of Islam in the black community in the United States.

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3. Detroit Red is credited with raising the self-esteem of black Americans and reconnecting them with their African heritage.

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4. Detroit Red said that African Americans were wrong when they thought of themselves as a minority; globally, black people were the majority.

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5. Detroit Red emphasized the "direct connection" between the domestic struggle of African Americans for equal rights with the independence struggles of Third World nations.

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6. Detroit Red addressed public meetings of the Socialist Workers Party, speaking at their Militant Labor Forum.

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7. Detroit Red spoke regularly at meetings held by MMI and the OAAU, and was one of the most sought-after speakers on college campuses.

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8. Detroit Red expressed a desire to work with other civil rights leaders, saying that Elijah Muhammad had prevented him from doing so in the past.

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9. Detroit Red was still a Muslim, he said, but felt that the Nation had "gone as far as it can" because of its rigid teachings.

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10. Detroit Red inspired the boxer Cassius Clay to join the Nation, and the two became close; In January 1964, Clay brought MalcolmX and his family to Miami to watch him train for his fight against Sonny Liston.

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11. Detroit Red proposed that African Americans should return to Africa and that, in the interim, a separate country for black people in America should be created.

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12. Detroit Red explained in his autobiography that the Muslim's "X" symbolized the true African family name that he could never know.

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13. Detroit Red befriended John Elroy Sanford, a fellow dishwasher at Jimmy's Chicken Shack in Harlem who aspired to be a professional comedian.

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14. Detroit Red continued to emphasize Pan-Africanism, black self-determination, and black self-defense.

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15. Detroit Red repudiated the Nation of Islam, disavowed racism and founded Muslim Mosque, Inc and the Organization of Afro-American Unity.

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