We Are Moorish Americans.
Our mission is to uplift fallen humanity.
Black. Negro. Colored. African-American.
Some say “Negro,” another will brand him “Race Man,” still another will call him “Afro-American,” and then come “Colored,” “dark American,” “Coon,” “Shine,” “The Brethren,” and your “Folks.” It is indeed a hard matter to find something suitable for the various occasion where a title needs to be used. Is it that these people have no proper name? Did they have a National name when first brought to these shores in the early part of the Seventeenth Century? If so, what was it? Did not the land from which they were forced have a name…
…The matter of the various names given to these twenty-two million people with all colors of every race of the globe was an act of European psychology. They gave him a name, then defined it as something inferior to theirs. “White,” they defined as a color of purity; “Black,” they say, represents everything of evil. The “Negro,” as they were called in this nation, have no nation to which they might look with pride. Their history starts with the close of the Civil War or more properly with his being forced to serve someone else. Thus he is separated from the illustrious history of his forefathers who were the founders of the first civilization of the Old World. This matter should be looked into with a hope of correcting it.
-Prophet Noble Drew Ali-
History of the Moorish Movement
In connection with the aims, objects, rules and regulations of the Moorish Science Temple of America. I deem it proper to submit to you a brief statement of our organization, covering its inception, rise and progress and of the Mohammedan religion, which I hope will be satisfactory to you and be the means of causing you at all times to adhere to the principles of Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice in your relations with mankind in general. I further, most anxiously hope this brief statement will help you to more clearly see the duty and wisdom of at all times upholding those fundamental principles which are desired for our civilization of our posterity, such as obedience to law, respect and loyalty to government tolerance, and unity.
We organized as the Moorish Temple of Science in the rear of 1925, and were legally incorporated as a civic organization under the laws of the State of Illinois, November 29th . 1926. The name Moorish Temple of Science was changed to the Moorish Science Temple of America, May 1928, in accordance with the legal requirements of the Secretary of the State of Illinois.
Since the work of the Moorish Science Temple of America was largely religious, the organization has been legally changed to a religious corporation and an affidavit to this effect has been properly filed in the Cook County Recorder’s office of Illinois.
Moorish Science Temple of America Temple #35 started off as a study group in 2013 under the Grand Major Temple #1 in Chicago, Illinois. Study sessions were held at project Row Houses in third ward for several months. On September 20, 2014, the study group received authority from the Grand Major Temple # 1 to operate as an official temple of the Moorish Science Temple of America. Months later, Temple #35 moved to 6006 Calvacade in 2015. On January 8, 2017 moved to 6021 Calvacade where the temple presently resides.
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