Hidden Photo of Obama and Farrakhan Released in New Book
In autobiography, Askia Muhammad tells why and how the photo was kept a secret
By Hazel Edney (The photo by Askia Muhammad had hidden for 12 years has now been released in the journalist's autobiography.
Pictured from left to right are: Minister Farrakhan's son-in-law, Leonard Farrakhan Muhammad; His son and security chief, Mustapha Farrakhan; U. S. Sen. Barack Obama; Minister Farrakhan's son Joshua Farrakhan; Minister Louis Farrakhan, and the Rev. Willie F. Wilson, pastor of D.C.'s Union Temple Baptist Church.) (TriceEdneyWire.com) - It was during a mid-2005 Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) meeting on Capitol Hill when award-winning journalist Askia Muhammad captured one of the most significant photos of his career.
Muhammad had doggedly covered then Chicago Sen. Barack Obama since he "first laid eyes on him" at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Now, here was the Senator in a warm conversation with constituent and fellow Chicagoan Minister Louis Farrakhan. As leader of the Nation of Islam, Farrakhan is another star in Black America, but one whose name is synonymous with controversy.
Wasting no time, Muhammad snapped the news photo. But moments later, he faced a dilemma.
Obama had already become the darling of national Democratic politics. And the scent of a presidential run was strong.
Muhammad and others almost immediately realized that the public release of this photo could mean major trouble down the road. Mainly because of bigotry and fear-mongering, the public release of that photo could doom America's chances of electing Obama as its first Black President.
Muhammad had not even left the scene when he received a call and the photo was being summoned by a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Muhammad ultimately surrendered the disk to Minister Farrakhan's chief of staff. And it remained one of America's best hidden secrets for the next 12 years.
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