dad: Percival Clark
Mother: Sarah May (Manning) Clark
marriage: Khadija Farrakhan, formerly Betsy (Ross) Walcott (September 12, 1953 to date)
Children: Mustafa, Joshua Nasser, Abnar, Louis Jr., Donna, Hanan, Maria, Fatima and Khalda
education: Studied at Winston-Salem Teachers College, 1951-1953
Farrakhan is named after Louis Walcott, the man his mother became engaged to after they were deserted by his biological father, Percival Clark.
The Walcott family moved from the Bronx to the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston during the mid-1930s.
He won a scholarship to college in North Carolina.
Farkhan is an accomplished classical violinist who started playing at the age of five. He is also a singer, songwriter, playwright, and film producer. Farrakhan wrote two plays, “The Trial” and “Orgina”. (“Negro” is spelled backwards).
1955 – He joins the Nation of Islam (NOI) and adopts the name Louis X.
December 4, 1964 – Condemning his rival Malcolm X in the NOI newspaper, Muhammad speaks, saying: “Death is definite and Malcolm will not escape … Such a man deserves to die.”
February 21, 1965 – The Assassination of Malcolm X. Louis X replaces him as the spokesperson for the Nation of Islam.
late sixties – He bears the name Louis Abdel-Farrakhan.
June 3, 1987 – Farrakhan’s lawsuit against the government It was terminated after a district court judge upheld economic sanctions against Libya and blocked the $5 million loan from being repaid.
1991 – He receives his first diagnosis of prostate cancer.
April 1999 – Recurring prostate cancer requires emergency surgery at Howard University.
February 25, 2000 – Farrakhan makes peace with former Nation of Islam leader Muhammad, who formed his Muslim group following a dispute with Farrakhan over the direction of the Nation of Islam. The men announced the unification of their groups during an event called the Savior’s Day March.
May 10, 2000 – He appears in “60 Minutes” with Malcolm X’s daughter, the Bahiya Shabazz tribe, and says he regrets that his writing may have influenced others to assassinate Malcolm X.
October 15, 2005 – She organizes and speaks at the Million More Movement at the Mall of Washington, DC, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Million Men March.
September 22, 2006 – He issued a letter stating that he is giving up many daily duties as leader of NOI due to illness, but that he will remain its leader.
January 6, 2007 – Farrakhan undergoes successful surgery to remove prostate and colon cancerous tissue.