The State of Islam in Black America!
All too often, “Muslim American” issues are largely disconnected from “Black Muslim” issues. This is problematic and presents a challenge that only the Black American Muslim community can address.
The Black American Muslim has to reclaim her/his place in the narrative of the Islamic experience in America. There needs to be a leveling of the field and an initiative to neutralize the apparent move to marginalize the narrative of the importance and relevance of Islam in Black Americaand the Black American Muslim experience. Failure to do so, it is feared, will result in the coming of a time when it will be asserted that Islam in America really didn’t began or take off until the 1980’s on a college campus…… We already see a shift towards that trend in the common, popular narrative today.
It is in that spirit that Islam in America Movement (IAM) is honored to announce the national launch of State of Islam in Black America™.
What: State of Islam in Black America – A National Conversation and Results Oriented Dialogue™ is a continuing series of local and regional discussions, symposiums and town hall meetings, focused upon the challenges, issues and opportunities for and of the Muslim Community in America from the perspective of the Black (or African-American) Muslim. State of Islam in Black America is the brainchild of author, media strategist and Muslim Public Intellectual Amin Nathari. Nathari is an activist and servant-leader in the Muslim American community for more than two decades, and a lifelong Muslim.
Why: To identify, uplift and support the good work, activities, programs and services, in every field and sector, among and within the BlackMuslim community throughout America and to bring those things before the broader community-at-large. The intent is to look at best practices institutionally and organizationally, minimizing no existing endeavor or initiative, and to celebrate and share what works.
When: July 4, 2017 through July 4, 2018. A schedule of confirmed cities and dates will be available at www.AminNathari.com and updated as new cities are added. The tour will culminate with State of Islam in Black America – the Inaugural Islam in America Movement (IAM) Conference in the Fall 2018, with the plan for the State of Islam in Black America conference to be held every other year thereafter.
Where: Masajid, mosques, Islamic centers, colleges and universities and other community/public spaces and venues throughout the United States of America
How: By creating and nurturing new initiatives wherever gaps exists and a need is present. State of Islam in Black America. Because its time.
If we truly believe that “there is no American history without Black history”, then it is also true that the destiny and success of the Muslim community and the American society-at-large is directly and inextricably linked to the contributions and importance of the Black Muslim community.
The work of Islam in the Black American Muslim community must continue. Will you join us on this important journey and help IAM continue our civic engagement and educational empowerment work by making a contribution today?