By Ann Brown
Dwight D. York or Malachi Z. York has a long line of adjectives behind his name — and some of them notorious. But what he most known for is as the creator and leader of the Black power group United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, or Nuwabians. Some called the group a cult due to its religious teachings, but it was also used as a Black empowerment organization.
York began his ministry in the late 1960s. In 1967 he was preaching to the “Ansaaru Allah” (African Americans) in Brooklyn, New York, in the midst of the Black Power movement. His teachings were based on pseudo-Islamic themes and Judaism (Nubian Islamic Hebrews). Later he developed a focus centered around “Ancient Egypt,” combining ideas drawn from Black nationalism, cryptozoological and UFO religions, and popular conspiracy theory.
York relocated the community to rural Putnam County, Georgia, in 1990 where they built a large complex.
Despite many controversies surrounding him, York did receive various accolades. He was “awarded The Keys To The City by mayor Ed Koch after cleaning up the slum and drug infested Bushwick Avenue community in New York,” Nuwaubian Facts reported.
He was also named one of the state’s 50 Click here to read entire article