Individual Author Record
Name: Vibert Leslie WhitePen Name: Vibert L. White Genre: Born: 1958 in New York, New York Sites:
Illinois ConnectionWhite lives in Springfield, Illinois and is a professor at the University of Illinois, Springfield.
Biographical and Professional InformationWhite, Jr. is Associate Professor and Chair of the African-American Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He has received international attention with his book Inside the Nation of Islam: A Historical and Personal Testimony of a Black Muslim. Many books have been written about the Nation of Islam, but few offer personal accounts of life within the Nation. White is no longer a member of the movement, but he draws upon his personal experience working with Louis Farrakhan to present the group's history and evolution. Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes wrote the forward to White's book.
- Developing a "school" of civil rights lawyers: From the New Deal to the New Frontier, Unknown Binding, 1988
- Inside the Nation, A Personal and Historical Testimony of a Black Muslim, University of Florida Press, 2001
Titles At Your Library
Developing a "school" of civil rights lawyers: From the New Deal to the New Frontier
ISBN: B0007BS5R2 . 1988
Inside the Nation of Islam: A Historical and Personal Testimony by a Black Muslim
ISBN: 0813020824 University Press of Florida. 2001
From the foreword:
"The first truly ‘inside’ account of the present-day Nation of Islam from the perspective of one of its former ministers, a portrayal as fascinating as it is troubling.White’s gripping chronicle will invite renewed debate over the direction and prospects of Minister Farrakhan’s controversial leadership."--Ernest Allen, Jr., director, W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
At the heart of Inside the Nation is White’s chronicle of his own sojourn during the 1980s and 1990s as a registered Muslim--from his days as a foot soldier in the Fruit of Islam, the Nation’s military organization, through his rise to the status of minister and advisor to the leadership. Included are White’s dealings with such leaders as Louis Farrakhan, Akbar Muhammad, Khallid Muhammad, and Benjamin Chavis Muhammad and his involvement in such activities as the Million Man March.
As one who traveled for the organization throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the United States, White was able to observe the leadership and the operation of the group at close hand. He reveals for the first time the detailed structure of NOI’s business and religious operation. He explores and separates the Nation of Islam, the religious arm that is incorporated only in Chicago, from the Final Call, its business center operated only by the Farrakhan family. As a professional historian, White was able to separate the passion of the group’s rhetoric from its real objectives, which centered on building a personal empire for Louis Farrakhan.
He has lectured extensively on the Nation of Islam and has published articles in the Journal of Caribbean Studies, Psychohistory Review, Journal of Illinois History, UCLA Black Law Journal, Chicago Defender, and Cincinnati Enquirer.