Category: History

The Nation of Islam Mourns Elijah Muhammad

From Ebony Magazine, May 1975 The final post in our series on the Black press’s coverage of Black Muslims in the mid-twentieth century comes from Ebony Magazine’s article on the funeral and legacy of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. The head of the Nation of Islam […]

Muhammad Ali Loved Africa and Africa Loved Ali

From Ebony Magazine, September 1964 Captions like “[w]ildly cheering crowds in Kumasi, Ghana,” and “military guard assigned to keep Clay fans from getting out of hand” give us an idea of the adoration Ali received. Today’s post continues our series exploring Ebony Magazine’s coverage of […]

Hijra: A Black Muslim Retrospective

by Rasul Miller I recently had a conversation with a close friend who moved to Mexico a few years ago. He reflected that his experience living as an expat had been incredibly enriching, though difficult at times. As a Black American Muslim, he found that […]

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 […]