Southern Poverty Law Center reveals Nuwaubian “hate group” still active in Macon


According to Yelp, the “All Eyes on Egipt” bookstore used to stand at 2699 Houston Ave. in Macon. Photo provided by Google Maps.

Macon is home to a religious sect designated a “Black nationalist hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), according to a report the SPLC recently released naming all active hate groups in the United States. This is the fifth year that the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors has been reported in the Macon area.

The SPLC report said All Eyes on Egipt [sic] Bookstore, now closed in its physical location, is one of a chain run by a Brooklyn-based religious group with members around the country. The chain of stores deals in books considered religious scripture, tools for spiritual practice such as scrolls and works penned by Nuwaubian leaders.

Some online orders are fulfilled and sent by Nuwaubians from Macon, earning them a spot on the list despite the store closure, according to an SPLC research analyst who spoke to The Cluster on the phone Feb. 28.

The analyst, who could not be named or directly quoted to protect her safety, identified the Nuwaubians’ leader in Macon and said she has shown signs of trying to rise in power in the area. The group first arrived in Middle Georgia in 1993 when founder Dwight York relocated between 100 and 200 followers from Brooklyn to Putnam County, where he purchased 476 acres of land, according to the Oxford American.

There, they constructed a compound called “Tama-Re” and decorated it with replicas of ancient Egyptian art. The first All Eyes on Egipt Bookstore opened shortly thereafter in Eatonton, Georgia, to fund the compound’s operations.

Although the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seized the compound in 2004, the research analyst said that the Nuwaubians did not fully disband. The SPLC still considers them a hate group because they hold prejudiced attitudes towards white people and people of the Jewish faith. The SPLC defines Black nationalist or supremacist groups as organizations that advocate for separate institutions, or even states, for African-Americans in response to racism from whites.

According to a previous SPLC report, the core of Nuwaubianism is a blend of “Black supremacist ideas with worship of the Egyptians and their pyramids, a belief in UFOs and various conspiracies.”

For the Nuwaubians, racial division, poverty and pain in Black communities boils down to the failure of the white majority — especially the government — to recognize inherent Black power and dominance. They believe this power stems from gifts of extraterrestrial origin and is supported by genetic disadvantages in the white race, according to SPLC reports.

“The Nuwaubian system of beliefs is too convoluted to sum up in a sentence, but the basic premise is that while some races share a common ancestor with modern apes, dark-skinned humans were born of an ancient, superior alien species,” the report said. “Also central to Nuwaubianism is an obsession with Ancient Egypt, which the group believes was an all-Black race.”

Dwight York, better known by his chosen name Dr. Malachi Z. York, initially rose to prominence by claiming to be a god blessed with supernatural powers by an alien race. Originally, he focused on spreading Black empowerment and mystical Islam, but he began to pervert the messages into anti-white, anti-Christian sentiments as his audience grew.

One consistent message behind the ever-changing iterations of Nuwaubian thought comes in one of York’s early essays, “Santa or Satan? The Fallacy of Christmas.” He wrote, referring to white Christianity as an obstacle to African-Americans’ acceptance of Islam, “Christianity is merely a tool used by the Devil to keep you, the Nubian man, woman and child, blind to your true heritage and perfect way of life. It is another means of slavery.”

York began preaching after serving just three years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl, according to the Pan-African Alliance.

When the FBI began to suspect arson, welfare fraud and illegal possession of weapons among the Brooklyn Nuwaubians in the 1990s, the group headed to Middle Georgia to build Tama-Re.

Political battles quickly arose between them and their white, conservative neighbors, which escalated in 2000 when several women sued York for repeated rape and assault against them and their children — some as young as five years old, according to the Pan-African Alliance.

After the seizure of Tama-Re in 2004, York was sentenced to 135 years in prison for child molestation and racketeering, the Oxford American said. The SPLC analyst said that there are still thousands of Nuwaubians throughout the United States who follow York and protest his arrest today.