to Elijah Muhammad
Malcolm X (text transcribed from the actual
letter from Malcolm X :
A Research Site)
11 , 1964
Mr. Elijah Muhammad
4847 Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago 15, Illinois
National Officials there at the Chicago Headquarters know that I never
left the Nation of Islam of my own free will. It was they who conspired
with Captain Joseph here in New York to pressure me out of the Nation.
In order to save the National Officials and Captian Joseph the disgrace
of having to explain for forcing me out, I announced through the press
that it was my own decision to leave.
did not take the blame to protect those National Officials, but to preserve
the faith your followers have in you and the Nation of Islam.
what has been said by the press, I've never spoken one word of criticism
to them about your family. I will always be a Muslim, teaching what
you have taught me, and giving you full credit for what I know and what
I am. You are still my leader and teacher, even though those around
you won't let me be one of your active followers or helpers. The present
course I am taking is the only way I can circumvent their obstacles
and still expedite your program.
tears you shed in Arizona gave the public the impression that you also
are of the opinion that I left of my own free will, so I'm giving a
copy of this wire to the press. May Allah bless you with health and
success. I am still your brother and servant.