September 10, 1971
Black Man His Duty
The newspaper was known for its coverage of African American issues, including civil rights, politics, and social justice. It also featured articles and commentary on the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam.
Muhammad Speaks was distributed mainly in African American communities and became very popular during the 1960s, when the civil rights movement was gaining momentum. At its peak, the newspaper had a circulation of over 600,000 copies per week.
The newspaper was controversial due to its often inflammatory language and radical views, which included the promotion of black separatism and the belief in the superiority of the black race. However, it also played an important role in giving a voice to African Americans who were marginalized and overlooked by mainstream media.
Muhammad Speaks ceased publication in 1975, after the death of Elijah Muhammad and the split of the Nation of Islam into several different factions. However, its legacy lives on as an important piece of African American history and journalism.