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.