Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Akinyele Umoja - Committee Chair
Dr. Audrea Dunham - Committee Member
Dr. Jonathan Gayles - Committee Member
During Elijah Muhammad’s tenure as leader of the Nation of Islam, he launched an economic program that sought to empower black people in America. This study examines the perceptions and experiences of five individuals who were directly involved in Muhammad’s economic program using a phenomenological approach. The findings of this study revealed that this program helped them develop an identity, provided a way out of economic oppression, improved their work ethic, made them economically self-sufficient, and the pioneers believe that this program has current applications.
Muhammad, Nafeesa Haniyah, "Perceptions and Experiences in Elijah Muhammad's Economic Program: Voices from the Pioneers" (2010). African-American Studies Theses. Paper 1.