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About DataMoor Moorish Community Survey was founded in April 1982 as the Moorish-American Population and Housing Survey and reestablished in 2017 as the Moorish National Registry for the Reclamation of birthrights of Muslim people of Moorish origin of American birth and of slave ancestry, residing in the United States of America; Members of the world community of Muslims and of Islamic Faith; Whose ancestors were unlawfully and forcefully brought to the shores of America against their will and were enslaved; and were eventually freed through the Thirteenth Amendment of 1865; as set forth that all men are created free and equal and are entitled to life, liberty, property, and justice.


Noble Drew Ali taught that the people termed “Negroes” in the United States are “Asiatics” and, specifically, that they are Moors whose forebears inhabited Morocco before they were enslaved in North America. He insisted that “for a people to amount to anything, it is necessary to have a name (nation) and a land.” North America is the Negroes’ land—it is an “extension” of the African continent. He taught that the “so-called Negroes” must know their national origin and refuse to be called Negroes, black folk, colored people, or Ethiopians. They must call themselves Asiatics, Moors, or Moorish Americans.

The Moorish Science Temple of America’s first National Convention in Chicago Illinois, October 15 through 20, 1928. Outlined in yellow are Noble Drew Ali in the first row
and at the right is James Jeffries-EL, the Grand Sheikh of Moorish Science Temple of America #21.


He believed that before a people can have a God they must have a nationality, and the Moorish Nation is Morocco. He contended that the name is all-meaningful, for by stripping him of his Asiatic name and calling him Negro, black, colored, or Ethiopian, the European robbed the Moor of his power, his authority, his God, and every other worthwhile possession.

The Meaning of Aboriginal Indigenous Moorish Noble Titles [prior to slavery] (SCRIBD.COM):

  • ALI—The bringer of law; Most Noble and exalted. Usually this title is given for an act of courage or accomplishment;

  • EL—God, Force, Power, Hebrew also means Ra Of the Cosmos giver of the Elohim. Usually for women or men coming  back into the knowledge. Represents the feminine principal;

  • BEY—Governors of the land in Moorish Civilization; Obey and Enforce Laws; The prophets (means teacher) and foot soldiers.


The more influential black nationalist movements also seize upon varying interests as focal points for group identification or as vehicles of counteraggression against the white majority. One favorite focus is religion; another is political or politico-economic goals. The former has no immediate concern with a national state; the latter makes the creation of a state central to its appeal. These two emphases are perhaps best represented in the Moorish Science Temple movement of Noble Drew Ali and the Universal Negro Improvement Association of Marcus Garvey, both of which flourished about the time of World War I.

The Moorish Science movement was essentially religious; Garvey’s UNIA was primarily political. The raison d’être of both was to devise some means of escaping the implications of being a Negro in a white-dominated society. Noble Drew sought a psychic escape: by changing their names and the symbols of their culture, his Moors hoped to change their social fortunes. For Garvey, the logical solution was to remove all American Negroes to an independent African state. Both men had substantial followings, but neither did much to change the conditions that were ultimately responsible for whatever measure of success they could claim. Marcus Garvey was deported to Jamaica in 1927 and Noble Drew Ali died in 1929.

Marcus Garvey (right) in a military uniform as the "Provisional President of Africa" during a parade on the opening day of the annual Convention of the Negro Peoples of the World at Lenox Avenue in Harlem, New York City. Noble Drew Ali is at the left.

(1922 file photo)

Excerpts / sourced from


In Search of Nationality

By Joseph Jeffries-EL

Morocco has a special relationship with the United States that is generally unfamiliar both to Americans and Moroccans. Most Americans are unaware of the special relationship between Morocco and the United States of America that developed sub-consciously through the trans-Atlantic conquests of Moorish-impregnated Spain and consciously through contacts between our early Republic and this old, dilapidated kingdom.¹ Even fewer Americans seem aware of the complex contacts between Morocco, at Africa’s northwest corner, and the ancestors of our Negro community. Slave traders from the Moorish feudal society raided southward into Senegal and delivered slaves to Europeans traders who, in turn, sold them across the Atlantic. The descendants of these slaves are U.S. citizens today.


[1] “Foreign Affairs: Our Strongest African Link?”
by C. L. Sulzberger, April 25, 1964.
© 1964 by the New York Times Company.

Reprinted by permission.

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