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 […]

Traversing the Path of Parenthood in Islam

by Dr. Kimberly Harper “We are resilient, we are beautiful. We will unapologetically affirm our humanity.” —Kameelah M. Rashad While continuing to highlight Islamic scholarship in the Black Muslim community in 2018, the Religion section will work to bring Sapelo Square readers stories about the many ways our faith manifests […]

Black Boy Poems: Legacy And Activism In Black Literature

By Rashida James-Saadiya Our genetic inheritance is precious. It is not a badge of inferiority for us to be ashamed of, on the contrary, we carry the struggles of our ancestors with pride – Tyson Amir In a 1968 essay, “The Black Arts Movement,” writer Larry Neal proclaimed that Black […]