When the longtime leader of one of the nation’s largest Muslim groups addresses a gathering in San Francisco on Saturday, he will seek to inspire followers of a movement that once drew the likes of Malcolm X and heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali. W. Deen Mohammed stepped down over a year ago as head of the 1.5 million- member American Society of Muslims, 30 years after embracing mainstream Sunni Islam and turning away from the extremist ideology of his father, Nation of Islam leader Elijah Mohammed.

W. Deen Mohammed, who remains the spiritual head of the movement, will speak at St. Mary’s Cathedral Conference Center to help raise money for an ambitious San Francisco mosque and community center development plan


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