Black Muslim communities constitute about 10% of British Muslim communities according to the 2011 census, and they face real issues of racism and Islamophobia, both within Muslim communities as well as the general society.
The Muslim Council of Britain, in collaboration with Everyday Muslims, SOAS and several other partners, held the first ever “Proudly Muslim & Black” symposium and exhibition at SOAS, University of London on 9th February 2019. Entitled: “Exploring Black Muslim History and Heritage in Britain and Beyond”, the event explored issues facing Black Muslim communities in Britain, as well as highlighting important contributions made to Islamic civilization and British society by prominent Black Muslims.
The day was set out in two parts, with a Symposium in the morning, with Exhibitions and performances for the afternoon session.
The symposium brought together academics, scholars and community leaders to discuss important issues around the way Black Muslims are perceived and treated. It included discussions on issues such as; Black Muslims and their role in Institutions and Communities, Black Muslims – Identity Formation, The role of Muslim women in African and Afro-Caribbean Communities.
The afternoon session included inspirational short talks, spoken words and poetry presentation, African and Afro-Caribbean fashion exhibition, as well as short presentations on selected African and Afro-Caribbean led Mosques and Muslim organisations in Britain today.
Everyday Muslims, a heritage and historical documentation initiative, featured some of their special collections on Black Muslims culture and heritage in an exhibition at the event.
See pictures from the event below:
A follow-up event, Being Black, British and Muslim Today, was held at short notice in the Houses of Parliament to mark Black History Month on 29 October 2019 – click here to view the photos!
More events are planned for 2020 as well as publication of a report.
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