Imam Warith Deen Muhammad—formerly Wallace D. Muhammad—founder of the American Muslim Mission lectured on "The Role of the American Muslim Mission in the United States" in the Villard Room. The son of the Rev. Elijah Muhammad, who led the Nation of Islam from 1934 until his death in 1975, Imam Muhammad’s American Muslim Mission reformed the sect and also led it to form interfaith links with Christian and Jewish congregations. Imam Muhammad urged American Muslims to accept the concept of separation of church and state, and he worked to find and discuss similarities between the American Constitution and the Koran.