From Castellano Turner: It was a genuine pleasure to interview Minister Don Muhammad on the topic, "The Nation of Islam in civil society." The reader will be struck, as I was, by the detail and historical reach in his analysis of the Nation of Islam's consistency and evolution as a movement among Black Americans. Those who remember the Black activist rhetoric of the 1960s and 1970s will hear echoes of those volatile times. Many of the most radical groups of those times have faded into history; but like the Black church, the value and commitment of the Nation of Islam remains. As an example of civil society, the Nation of Islam has gone beyond religious dogma to tackle some of the most intractable problems of Black communities — crime, drugs, unstable and dysfunctional families, and academic underachievement. A complete biography of Minister Muhammad is included at the end of the interview.



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