Category: History

Muslims and Jazz in 1953

From Ebony Magazine, April 1953 Today’s post is from an Ebony Magazine article published in 1953 that explored the growing popularity of Islam among Black American jazz artists. The article provides a window into the important connection between jazz and the spread of Islam among Black Americans from the 1940s […]

Profile: Ana Karim — Activist and First Woman Editor of Muhammad Speaks

by Dr. Jamillah Karim  Sister Ana Karim was the first woman editor of the Muhammad Speaks (MS) newspaper. Appointed by Imam W.D. Mohammed in 1975, her story weaves together a legacy of women’s activism in both the Civil Rights Movement and the Nation of Islam (NOI). In particular, her story […]

Mystery of Malcolm X

From Ebony Magazine, September 1964 Today, on the fifty-third anniversary of El Hajj Malik Shabazz’s (Malcolm X’s) martyrdom, we re-present Hans Massaquoi’s article in Ebony covering the short period between his departure from the Nation of Islam in March 1964 and his assassination in 1965. Massaquoi followed Malcolm X across […]

Islamic Education: Reclaiming Our West African Islamic Legacy

In a recent post on her blog Hagar Lives, Dr. Jamillah Karim shares the transcript of a speech she delivered in December 2017 in Atlanta, Ga., at the 7th Annual Shaykh Hassan Cisse Ziyarah, an annual event commemorating the life and work of the late, renowned Senegalese Islamic scholar and […]