After performing in Chicago, Farrakhan soon discovered a different calling attending a Nation of Islam. Elijah Muhammad called for the establishment of a separate nation for African Americans. With encouragement from Muhammad's right-hand man, Malcolm X, Farrakhan joined this Muslim movement in 1955.
Now going by Louis X, Farrakhan used his musical abilities and wrote the song "A White Man's Heaven Is a Black Man's Hell" for his new religious group.
Farrakhan quickly rose in the organization's hierarchy working as assistant minister to Malcolm X at the Boston mosque. He took over Malcolm's places when he went to preach at the Nation of Islam mosque in New York City's Harlem neighborhood.