Some lament that today’s anti-racism movement has no charismatic leaders like the civil rights era did. Such comparisons don’t reflect the real history of the struggle for Black equality in the US.
Race, class and national identity mean that views within the American Muslim community vary when it comes to such hot-button issues as policing, protests and discrimination.
From the earliest days of the anti-slavery movement, Black religious leaders have infused the fight for civil rights with spirituality.
Sweeping changes were possible in the past because black leaders were willing to risk their lives and call out problems before they became crises.
Before the civil rights era, a group of powerful and resourceful black women laid the groundwork for a generation of black activists.
The protest song “Malcolm’s gone” not only pays tribute to one of the most influential black leaders, but provocatively likens him, as a Muslim and so-called enemy of the state, to Jesus Christ.
Something really magical is happening at the intersection between jazz and hip-hop at the moment. Many of the artists involved will be playing at Africa’s foremost jazz festival.
Qunta advocates a reparations fund to accelerate corrective policies, that schools be freed from colonial indoctrination and that African culture should be mainstreamed, especially African languages.
A historian examines what it means to value black life, then and now.
The American Muslim population is one of the most diverse. So, what are the religious and political leanings of America’s different Muslim communities?