Elijah Muhammad travels to Africa and Asia, June 1959 to February 1960

Jefferson Morley filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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F-2018-03466

Due June 4, 2018
Est. Completion None
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Awaiting Response

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From: Jefferson Morley

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Please provide any cables, memoranda, reports, or correspondence related to or mentioning Elijah Muhammad, leader of the the American black nationalist group, the Nation of Islam, and a trip he made to Africa and Asia in late 1959.

Muhammad was granted a passport on June 24, 1959 (see attachment). In October 1959, the FBI reported he would travel on November 6 to various countries including Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal and Pakistan.

Muhammad was in Algeria on December 3-8, 1959; in Morocco Dec 8-10, and Senegal starting on December 11, 1959. (see attachment) He visited Pakistan in January 1960 and returned to the United States on January 6, 1960.

Please provide any related cables, memoranda, reports, or correspondence generated before Muhammad's arrival in each country and after his departure.
Please check the files of the Department's Office of Security.

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Sincerely,
Jeff Morley

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jefferson Morley

From: U.S. Department of State

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