The Remembrance of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad's Works
The co-founders, Munir Muhammad, Shahid Muslim, and Halif Muhammad formed The Coalition for the Remembrance of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad (C.R.O.E.) in 1987 to remember a man who was slowly being written out of history. No one was addressing the misinformation that was becoming increasingly prevalent not only in the streets, but also on the airwaves and in the newspapers. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s name and accomplishments were being written out of history with the aid and silence of even the Muslims. What had he done to cause such disdain? He had not robbed or killed anyone. On the contrary, he worked tirelessly on behalf of his people.
In order to address the increasing onslaught, the co-founders went through a process. In order to openly address the issues, they needed to prepare themselves for re-entry without the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. They began by conducting meetings in the basement of Munir Muhammad’s home with believers and sympathizers. Information gained during these lively discussions reinforced what they knew and assisted them in assessing their direction based on the Messenger’s teaching.
The brothers quickly recognized that our people needed to be reacquainted with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Their next step was to acquire a building to conduct meetings with the community on the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in spite of rising attacks against the Messenger. They rented a storefront on Ashland Avenue. Slowly and quietly they acquired artifacts and unpublished works by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. With the books, writings, and tapes they kept, they aggressively began to address the misinformation whenever and wherever they could. Some people were pleased that someone began to attack the issues directly. Those attacks were heard primarily on overnight radio talk shows. A caller, who thought that no one would hear his 3:00 am disparaging remarks about the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, received a shock treatment with a swift response more passionate and serious than the sarcastic and demeaning remark that was initiated.
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