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By Sapelo Square

Each March, since 1987, Women’s History Month is celebrated in the United States to amplify the many contributions women have made locally, nationally and globally. Commemorative months like these are created because the contributions of marginalized people, like women, have been historically unrecognized or underappreciated or unknown. These months do a lot of good but often can still be incomplete—raising up the stories of some women but not all women. It is that kind of partial storytelling that resulted in the social media hashtag #BlackGirlMagic that responds to erasure by lifting up the experiences and triumphs of Black women and their profound impact on the world. Like Black women in general, Black Muslim Women, have a diverse set of experiences and triumphs, from enslaved women on Sapelo Island to Sister Clara Muhammad and others that have significantly shaped everything from religious traditions to social movements. To amplify those contributions, this Women’s History Month we invite you to read, listen and watch selected posts from the Sapelo Square archive that narrate some of the #BlackGirlMagic of Black Muslim women in the United States.

The growing popularity of international travel among African Americans often referred to as “the Black Travel movement,” has led to

By Aïdah Aliyah Rasheed Histories cannot be more certain than when [one] who creates the things also narrates them. -Vico Far too

By Sylvia Chan-Malik “Four American Moslem Ladies”: Black American Women in the Ahmadiyya Movement of Islam, 1921-23 This photo is the first

By Namira Islam   “In this competitive

By Rasul Miller  In a well known oral tradition attributed to Prophet Muhammad (s), it is said that he exhorted his followers

By Narjis Nichole Abdul-Majid When Muslims welcome the advent of a child in their lives they tend to seek inspiration from

By Jamillah Karim   Behind every great man is a great woman. Sister Clara Muhammad, or the First Lady of the Nation

Interview with Yasmeen Sabir from Carver's Produce    Carver's Produce is a new food distributor which provides access to fresh organic produce

A gift from Sister Luvenia Woods-Jones  Sister Luvenia Woods-Jones (formally Luvenia X) has shared a gift with Sapelo Square readers: an original list

By Jamillah Karim | Khaleelah Muhammad joined the Nation of Islam in college in 1992. Instead of leaving the Nation

By Narjis Nichole Abdul-Majid | While in this blessed month of Ramadhan that calls all Muslims to good behavior, prayer,

Visual Verse [A Poem & Film] By Mustafa Davis and Amir Sulaiman [vimeo 18460146 w=500 h=281]  Film director/photographer, Mustafa Davis and