"We must begin at the cradle and teach our babies that they must do something for self. They must not be like we, their fathers, who look to the slave-master's and slave-master's children for all. We must teach our children now with an enthusiasm exceeding that which our slave-masters used in having our forefathers imbed the seed of dependency within us. We must stop the process of giving our brain power, labor and wealth to our slave-master's children. We must eliminate the master-slave relationship.
"We must educate ourselves and our children into the rich power of knowledge which has elevated every people who have sought and used it. We must give the benefit of our knowledge to the elevation of our people.
-The Honorable Elijah Muhammad...Message to the Blackman
STUDENTS ATTEND SCHOOL 50 WEEKS A YEAR, START ARABIC LESSONS IN 3rd GRADE....AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ISLAM strong emphasis is placed upon the daily Muslim duties, the teaching of Arabic, the observance of strict dietary laws, and the development of character. Muslim students learn a great deal about their own history (something that public schools have failed to teach), and of the great cultural heritage of their past. They soon learn to become proud of being black, and this personal self-esteem can be noticed quickly by an outsider observing the behavior of an adult Muslim.
Quoted from the SALAAM publication, page 9, (JULY, 1960)