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The origin of the lesson goes back to the early 20th century. New revolutions took place in the Islamic community. It created a Black liberation educational curriculum directed at the African community in America to put the Blackman on top of the world. First In Newark, Noble Drew Ali started the Moorish Science Temple in 1913. Then In 1930, Master Fard Muhammad (founder of the Nation of Islam) and the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad (Co-founder of the Nation of Islam) came into existence teaching the knowledge of self in Detriot, Michigan. Their movements impacted Black neighborhoods from all over the US and the world, from the 20th century to the present.
Then, Father Allah (Founder of the Nation of Gods and Earths better known as the 5% Percenters) brought a deeper philosophical understanding of Master Fard Muhammad’s and the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s version of the knowledge of self to Black people.
He started his mission in 1964. Using the 120 lessons, and its tradition of showing and proving (reference information with evidence) in history, Father Allah woke up the masses of Black people to the greatness of the knowledge self, particularly Black youth. Black people began to receive the 120 lessons from the Nation of Gods and Earths in the streets without a building. Father Allah did this without the permission of a community leader, a minister, an Imam, a priest, or a priestess. At one time, he was a former member and soldier in the Nation of Islam’s Muhammad Mosque #7 in Harlem in New York, City. The 120 lessons of the Nation of Gods and Earths he developed are called the Book of Life. It consists of 8 components. The 120 Lessons are the following:
Some of you are asking the following question: How does this phrase Asiatic Blackman relate to African people? Good question! This phrase has its roots in the “race origins” of Black people in one source called The Bible. The term was initially borrowed from the Book of Genesis. It is used for the descendants of Ham-son of Noah. It summarizes that Black people are the descendants of Ham. This Hamitic (i.e., the “Asiatic” origin of North African peoples) Asiatic hypothesis race theory holds that the ancient Kemites (Egyptians), and Nile Valley peoples, were the lineal descendants of the biblical Ham, through his son Mizraim.
Leaving the primitive African out for the present, let me say that we must go back to pre-Aryan times to find the ancestry of those early Asiatics who, entering Egypt, originated the peculiar Egyptian race. These people are commonly called Turanians, and they have been variously described as “dusky, dark, black, black-skinned, and their hair varying from coarse, straight, black hair,” to “curly,” “crinkly” and “woolly.” The center of this race appears to have been in the neighborhood of Accad, where, it has been found, a King Sargon reigned about 3800, B. C. Sixteen hundred miles to the northeast there was developed in process of time a different race altogether, of light complexion, with blue or gray eyes, and “blood brown” and light hair. It was called “Arya,” which means the noble or ruling race.