Did you know that African Muslims made up at least one fifth of the slaves that were brought to America as a result of the insidious chattle slavery trade through the middle passages? Are you aware of the neglected and often untold story of the Black Muslims important role in the Struggle for Civil Rights?  To learn the answers to these and other important questions regarding Islam and African American Muslims come out to this important and historic event!On behalf of the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University (, the convener of the Muslim Chaplaincy at Rutgers University, I would like to formally invite you to join us for an important and timely event entitled Islam and the African-American Experience. As part of its ongoing educational and informational programming, designed to build bridges of awareness and understandings of Islam and Muslims, the CILRU will be holding this university wide event as part of the Black History Month activities.  The program (Flyer attached) which is free and open to both the university and general public will Insha’Allah (God Willing) take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Rutgers University College Avenue Student Center in New Brunswick located at 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (parking available in Lots 26, 30 and the College Avenue Deck). The multi-faceted program will include the following presentations from the following leading scholars and activists in the field:

“Middle Passages – Slavery and the Experience of African American Islam”: Dr. Bernard Freamon – Professor of Law at Seton Hall University Law School in Newark, Scholar on Slavery and Islamic Jurisprudence

“From Nation of Islam to Muslim American Society”: Professor Mikal Naeem Nash – Professor of African American History at Essex Community College and Adjunct Professor of African-American Studies at Rutgers New Brunswick and author of: Islam among Urban Blacks: Muslims in Newark, New Jersey: A Social History

“Proud Sister – Islam and the African American Women”: Aisha Al-Adawiya – Schomburg Research Center in Harlem, Founder of Women in Islam and President of Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human RightsModerated Panel Discussion and Question and Answer Session: Amin Nathari – Author of 45, 35, Now…..The Continuum of Islam in America, Journalist and Former Director of Public and Media Relations for Mayor Cory Booker and National Representative of the Islam in America Movement
Refreshments (light meal) will be provide

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