Businessperson, Deceased Person
1935 – 2003
Who was Yusuf Bey?
After discovering the teachings of Elijah Muhammed in the 1960s, he adopted the name Yusuf Bey and moved to Oakland, California, and then Santa Barbara, California, where in 1968 he opened a bakery. The bakery moved to Oakland by 1971. Renamed Your Black Muslim Bakery, it became the center of a local Black nationalist community. Held out at the time as a model of African American economic self-sufficiency, the business fell apart after Bey's death and a series of murders linked to criminal activities.