Here's a look at the life of Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam.
Personal: Birth date: May 11, 1933
Birth place: Bronx, New York
Birth name: Louis Eugene Walcott
Father: Percival Clark
Mother: Sarah Mae (Manning) Clark
Marriage: Betsy (Ross) Walcott (September 12, 1953-present); She has since changed her name to Khadijah Farrakhan.
Children: four sons: Mustapha, Joshua Nasir, Abnar and Louis Jr.; and five daughters: Donna, Hanan, Maria, Fatimah and Khallada
Education: Winston-Salem Teachers College, 1951-1953, did not graduate
Other Facts: Farrakhan was named for Louis Walcott, the man his mother became involved with after his biological father, Percival Clark, deserted them.
The Wolcott family moved from the Bronx to the West Indian section of Roxbury, a Boston neighborhood, in the mid-1930s.
He won a track scholarship to college in North Carolina.
Farrakhan is an accomplished classical violinist who began playing at the age of five. He is also a singer, songwriter, playwright and film producer. Farrakhan wrote two plays, "The Trial" and "Orgena". ("A Negro" spelled backward).
Farrakhan is known for having preached anti-Semitic, anti-white, anti-Catholic and anti-homosexual rhetoric.
Timeline: 1950s - Plays West Indian calypso music on the guitar and ukulele in night spots around the country, under the names The Charmer and Calypso Gene.
1955 - Joins the Nation of Islam (NOI) and adopts the name Louis X.
December 4, 1964 - Condemns rival Malcolm X in the NOI newspaper, Muhammad Speaks, saying "the die is set and Malcolm shall not escape... such a man is worthy of death."
February 21, 1965 - Malcolm X is assassinated. Louis X replaces him as the national spokesman of the Nation of Islam.
Late 1960s - Louis X takes the name Louis Abdul Farrakhan.
1975 - NOI leader Elijah Muhammad dies and his son, Wallace Deen Muhammad, takes over. He and Farrakhan differ on the path of the NOI. Muhammad moves away from the racial separatist teachings of his father to a more conventional and racially inclusive Islam. Muhammad becomes the head of the World Community of al-Islam and Farrakhan becomes head of the NOI.
December 1983 - Accompanies Jesse Jackson and other clergy to Syria to negotiate the release of U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Robert O. Goodman.
1984 - Supports Jesse Jackson's bid for the presidency; threatens the life of Washington Post reporter Milton Coleman for printing Jackson's remark about "Hymietown"; and claims Hitler was a "wickedly great" man.
June 24, 1984 - Claims Judaism is a "gutter religion" and supporters of Israel are criminals in the sight of God.
May 1, 1985 - Announces acceptance of a $5 million interest-free loan from Libyan president Moammar Gadhafi.
June 25, 1986 - Files a lawsuit against President Ronald Reagan, Secretary of State George Schultz, Secretary of Treasury James Baker and Attorney General Edwin Meese claiming the government's travel ban to and economic sanctions against Libya violates Farrakhan's freedom to worship and freedom of speech.