Suppressed photo of Obama, Farrakhan might have derailed 2008 campaign

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Who is Louis Farrakhan? Louis Farrakhan is the leader of the Nation of Islam, an African-American movement and organization rooted in elements of traditional Islam and black nationalism. The 84-year-old religious figure was born Louis Eugene Walcott on May 11, 1933, in The Bronx, New York. In his youth, Farrakhan studied music and became a violinist, guitarist and singer. He often sang political lyrics to Carribean-style music. He is known for having expressed anti-white, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic and a

More than a dozen years after the fact, a photographer has come forward with a photo that might have derailed Barack Obama's 2008 presidential bid.

Askia Muhammad, who works for the Nation of Islam's newspaper, the Final Call, has published a book in recent days that features the image: a "grip and grin" frame of a smiling Obama standing shoulder to shoulder with Louis Farrakhan.

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Muhammad says the image was shot at a Congressional Black Caucus function in 2005 and says someone from the caucus called him and asked him to suppress the photo.

That could not be verified independently. But there is general agreement that, given the antipathy for Farrakhan among many Obama supporters, the photo could have spelled serious trouble for the Obama campaign.

A 2005 photograph of then-Sen. Barack Obama and Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan recently surfaced after 13 years. The photographer, Askia Muhammad, said he kept the photo under wraps out of concern about Obama’s bid for the White House.
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A 2005 photograph of then-Sen. Barack Obama and Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan recently surfaced after 13 years. The photographer, Askia Muhammad, said he kept the photo under wraps out of concern about Obama’s bid for the White House.

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