Black Muslim Thought + Black Muslim Joy

May 25, 2020

Black Muslim Thought + Black Muslim Joy: Resistance to Anti-Black racism in the time of Black Lives Matter

About this event

“Black Muslim Thought & Black Muslim Joy: Resistance to Anti-Black racism in the time of Black Lives Matter” is a conversation that will be led by Bashirah Mack in the context of the incredible urgency for Black Lives Matter organizing across the globe. This event will use the power of storytelling to provide insights into the moment we’re in using the framework of Black Muslim Thought and Black Muslim Joy. It builds on centuries-old philosophies to consider new forms of resistance and solidarity.

The Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies and Open City Events invite you to join us for this evening of learning with Bashirah Mack.

Bashirah Mack is a journalist who is most inspired by the unique experiences of being Black and Muslim in the United States. With roots in the American South, Bashirah was born and raised in a close-knit, predominantly Black American Muslim community. She is also the descendant of enslaved men and women who were among the first Muslims in the United States. Bashirah's love for storytelling, Islam, and Black folks led to her foundational work with Sapelo Square, an award-winning platform that produces, documents, and archives the Black Muslim experience in the United States. Since then, Bashirah has gone on to report and produce more broadly for a number of other media, including NPR-affiliate stations. Now, as a student at the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Bashirah hopes to use documentary filmmaking to tell those stories and more. Bashirah received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in Black World Studies and Islamic World Studies from Loyola University Chicago.