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The state of Detroit and the city of Michigan eventually legalized Home Schooling and Cities around the U.S. followed.
Clara, the other Mothers and Members of the Nation of Islam opened a School, and named it the “University of Islam” fondly referred to as Muhammad’s University of Islam(M.U.I.). When the family left Detroit for Chicago, there was a University of Islam (brick and mortar).
After the family moved to Chicago, Clara Muhammad continued to fight to educate her children at home until the NOI purchased the property and a brick and mortar UOI was open in Chicago.
University of Islam (1930-1975)
were established in almost every major state and some minor cities within the U.S., and in Bermuda.
U.O.I. University of Islam
W.D. Mohammed High School
C.M.S. Clara Muhammad School
In 1975-76, Wallace D Mohammed, son of Clara and Elijah became leader of the NOI after the death of his father Mr. Mohamed changed the name of the school from the University of Islam to the Clara Muhammad School in recognition of its Founder and strongest supporter his mother.
Eighty-eight years later, the Clara Mohammed School System is still operating. The Schools focus remains the same, which is to provide the opportunity for Children to receive an excellent education.
The Clara Mohammed Schools are known for their students scholastic excellence which is showcase yearly by their grades, test scores and college entries and acceptance.
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This Historical School System has struggled to survive and yet stayed committed to the Mission and Vision of the Founders (1930's.) The mission and vision have always been to provide an excellent education to children and to teach the importance of "giving back" to humanity and the community. Today the "End-Product" of this Historical School System, is their Alumni. The NAA is an organization devoted to students, schools, alumni, and maintaining the 88 years of excellence in education and service to the community and the young minds.
In December of 1990, Priscilla a graduate of University of Islam and Clara Muhammad School upon returning from a Tour in the U.S. Arm Services initiated and met with other fellow Los Angeles Alumni, with the intentions to form an Alumni Association.
In December of 1991 the Alumni Association, became the UOI & CMS National Alumni Association, a 501©3 not for profit organization.
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As a result of the Universities of Islam, the Sister Clara Muhammad Schools, and now the W.D. Mohammed High School, there are thousands of graduates who would like to give back or are giving back, by supporting with grants and scholarships, or by being mentors for the students and offering assistance to parents and Schools affiliates of Clara Mohammed School System.
UOI are private schools for African American children and a setting where children could be taught in accordance with their Islamic beliefs. People within the surrounding community nationally began to recognize that the children attending UOI were receiving a superior education and discipline and word spread and the African-American Communities began to enroll their children.
The University of Islam students far outpaced their public school counterparts on the standardized tests and college entrance exams. The Universities of Islam around the United States and Bermuda became renowned for their educational excellence resulting in a very high percentage of UOI students graduating and being accepted to colleges, which was a relative rarity in many African-American communities at that time.
By the 1970’s many schools were on their City’s Tour routes. It was a beautiful site to see, so many children of color in uniform and disciplined.
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Sister Clara Muhammad, wife of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was born November 2, 1899, in Georgia. She married (then-named) Elijah Poole in Macon, GA in 1917. The family moved to Detroit, Michigan in April 1923, in search for better social and economic circumstances, not available in the South.
A deeply religious woman, she was like many African-American people of her time, disturbed by the social and political inequities of the era. She was determined to do what she could do to better the lives of her family and Black people. She was a strong follower of her husband, the leader of the Nation of Islam and a welcome helpmate in his work to uplift the African-American community in the U.S.
Accepting that the public schools were incapable of giving her children the kind of education she wanted them to have, and desiring to give them a strong moral content in their lives, she and other mothers removed their children from the Public School System and became the leaders for home schooling legislation. These grass roots Pioneers of Home Schooling set the example and more people began to follow their lead and pulled their children out of public schools. Several pioneering families of the Nation of Islam followed her example, often in the face of virulent opposition from the authorities, who went so far as to threaten to remove her children from the home, if she did not re-enroll them in the public school.