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Refracting Light

Participants in this online exhibit were given two simple requests: to submit a photo of themselves with the image of Malcolm X and a brief audio commentary that described what Malcolm X means to them. But what you will see and hear are not simple reflections, but refractions on his legacy. In physics, when light passes through two planes it is refracted, the light bends and changes direction and speed. These submissions work similarly. The legacy of Malcolm X/Al Hajj Malik El Shabazz, which is itself a kind of light, passes from him and them to you. These refractions of his legacy come from different perspectives and offer multiple ways to consider the profound and transformative impact of Malcolm X/Al Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, may Allah be pleased with him.


Big Samir

Big Samir, Performing Artist


Rabiah Muhammad, English Professor


Dr. Amina Wadud, Islamic Scholar and Activist

Um Ali Ridha

Um Ali Ridha, Mother and Son

Tom La Porte

Tom La Porte, Humanities Instructor

Kamilah Shuaibe

Kamilah Mahasin Shuaibe, Cultural Social Artist

Ubaydallah Evans

Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans, ALIM Scholar-in-Residence

Zaynab Ansari

Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, Tayseer Foundation Scholar-in-Residence