On “Legal” Name Change
By Messenger Elijah Muhammad
Reprinted from Message To The Blackman in America, Chapter 80
The intellectual so-called Negroes think it is a disgrace to them to not be called by the slave-master’s name. Even a doctor once tried to make me change my name and be called by the slave-master’s name and said if I wanted to be called Muhammad I should go to the court have my named changed legally.
I laughed and said that I was sorry, but I had my legal name, and there is no law to make me pay to be called by that name.
I have been called by an illegal name. Now I have gotten rid of that illegal slave name for a legal and Holy name of God.