Person

Louis Farrakhan

Louis Farrakhan press conference in Spinas Hotel, Tehran, Iran (link) by Mohammad Ali Marizad is licensed CC BY 4.0 (link)
Born:

May 11, 1933 in the Bronx, New York

Occupation:

Leader of the Nation of Islam

Louis Farrakhan is a religious leader and political figure in charge of the anti-white, anti-Semitic, and homophobic organization the Nation of Islam (NOI). Farrakhan was also the organizer of the Washington, D.C. Million Man March in October 1995.

Activities in the U.S. Prison System

Since 2008, the NOI has received $364,500 from the Bureau of Prison (BOP) in order to provide religious services to inmates.[1] This is despite BOP regulations that specify that a volunteer or contractor will be dismissed if the individual has “potential ties to any terrorist-affiliated organizations or individuals; advocates racism or violence.”[2] On January 7th, Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Florida) issued a statement to the acting attorney general to request the BOP stop providing federal funds to the NOI.[3]

References

  1. Goodman, Alana. “Exclusive: Nation of Islam Receiving Federal Cash to Teach Prisoners.” Washington Examiner. December 19, 2018. Accessed January 15, 2019. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/exclusive-nation-of-islam-receiving-federal-cash-to-teach-prisoners.
  2. “A Review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Selection of Muslim Religious Services Providers.” U.S. Department of Justice. April 2004. Accessed January 15, 2019. https://oig.justice.gov/special/0404/final.pdf#page=28.
  3. “Buchanan to Justice Dep’t: Stop Funding Nation of Islam Hate Group.” Congressman Vern Buchanan. January 07, 2019. Accessed January 18, 2019. https://buchanan.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/buchanan-justice-dept-stop-funding-nation-islam-hate-group.

Connected Organizations

  1. Nation of Islam (NOI) (Other Group)
    Leader
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